Pre-requisite: The Basics

Strategic Spanish for Therapists: Rehabilitation is the second in a 3-part series of practical training courses for Physical and Occupational Therapists serving Spanish-speaking patients.  You don't have to be bilingual to communicate instructions in Spanish well enough to complete your session objectives!

The course is called "strategic" for a reason.  It provides carefully designed short cuts and easy pathways for even a beginning language learner to manage Spanish-speaking patients safely and respectfully, without the presence of an interpreter.  

The Rehabilitation course covers such items as:  

  • a more comprehensive dive into functional pronunciation skills  
  • tailored vocabulary necessary for exercise routines  
  • instructions for getting patients to improve posture, stretch and work out problem areas  
  • cultural tips and language strategies to encourage your patient's cooperation 
  • pain assessments to assure the safety of your patient while in session   
  • instructions for managing patients on work-out equipment    


The Basics is a pre-requisite for the Rehabilitation course.  The third and final course is Accommodation.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Module 1: More on Pronunciation (Part 1)

    • Pronunciation (Part 1)

    • Audio Practice

  • 2

    Module 1: More on Pronunciation (Part 2)

    • Pronunciation (Part 2)

    • Audio Practice

    • Audio Practice

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

  • 3

    Module 2: More Body Parts

    • More Body Parts

    • Audio Practice

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

  • 4

    Module 2.1: Internal Organs

    • Body Parts: Internal Organs

    • Audio Practice

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

  • 5

    Module 3: Getting Started

    • Getting Started

    • Audio Practice

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

  • 6

    Module 4: Flexibility

    • Flexibility

    • Audio Practice

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

  • 7

    Module 4.1: Flexibility Continued

    • Flexibility Continued

    • Audio Practice

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

  • 8

    Module 5: The Social Amenities

    • The Social Amenities

    • Audio Practice

    • Test Your Knowledge

  • 9

    Module 5.1: Electrostimulation

    • Electrostimulation

    • Audio Practice

    • Test Your Knowledge

  • 10

    Module 6: Hand Exercises

    • Hand Exercises

    • Audio Practice

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

  • 11

    Module 6.1: Hand Exercises Continued

    • Hand Exercises Continued

    • Audio Practice

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

  • 12

    Module 7: Making Appointments

    • Appointments

    • Audio Practice

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

  • 13

    Module 7.1: Months, Days & Dates

    • Months, Days & Dates

    • Audio Practice

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

  • 14

    Module 7.2: Special Number "1"

    • Special Number "1"

    • Audio Practice

    • Test Your Knowledge

  • 15

    Module 8: Keeping the Patient Safe

    • Keeping the Patient Safe

    • Audio Practice

    • Test Your Knowledge

  • 16

    Module 9: Exercise Equipment

    • Exercise Equipment

    • Audio Practice

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

  • 17

    Module 9.1: Using Equipment

    • Using Equipment

    • Audio Practice

    • The Enchanted Gym

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

  • 18

    Resources

    • The Next Steps

    • Resource Area

  • 19

    Post-Test

    • Take the Test

About the Instructor

Dr. Lori Madden

"I've taught adult students for a long time.  What motivates me more than the success stories are learners with a burning desire to communicate in Spanish... right now, in their world.  The secret to making this happen is taking practical short cuts and digesting bite-sized chunks.  Every smile, nod, and successful verbal interaction with a Spanish-speaker in their lives feels like a 'win!'" Dr. Lori Madden is a professor of foreign languages with a B.A. (Hood College), M.A. (University of Delaware) and Ph.D. (University of Florida) in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Literature.  She is on faculty at St. Petersburg College. Dr. Madden has resided in Spain, Brazil and Costa Rica.  She has taught for many years educating adults in Spanish and Portuguese languages and Hispanic culture, in both academic and professional environments.  She is owner of SLS Publications®, LLC.

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