Strategic Spanish for Therapists is a practical training course 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 Basics course is the first in a 3-part series.  It covers such items as:  

  • short cuts to learning functional pronunciation skills  
  • tailored vocabulary necessary for successful sessions  
  • instructions for basic body movements  
  • cultural tips and language strategies to encourage your patient's cooperation    
  • pain assessments to assure the safety of your patient while in session   
  • an easy way to gather the required information you need to formulate a therapy plan    


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

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Module 1: Getting Started

    • Getting Started

  • 2

    Module 2: Pronunciation

    • Pronunciation

    • Audio Practice

    • The Letter "a"

    • Audio Practice

    • The Letter "e"

    • Audio Practice

    • The Letter "i"

    • Audio Practice

    • The Letter "o"

    • Audio Practice

    • The Letter "u"

    • Audio Practice

    • Pronunciation Tip 1

    • Audio Practice

    • Pronunciation Tip 2

    • Audio Practice

    • Pronunciation Tip 3

    • Audio Practice

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

  • 3

    Module 3: Introductions

    • Introductions

    • Audio Practice

    • Test Your Knowledge

  • 4

    Module 4: Body Parts

    • Body Parts

    • Audio Practice

    • Test Your Knowledge

  • 5

    Module 4.1: More Body Parts

    • More Body Parts

    • Audio Practice

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

  • 6

    Module 5: Whole Body Motions

    • Whole Body Motions

    • Audio Practice

    • Test Your Knowledge

  • 7

    Module 5.1: Specific Body Motions

    • Specific Body Motions

    • Audio Practice

    • Test Your Knowledge

  • 8

    Module 5.2: Right or Left?

    • Right or Left?

    • Audio Practice

    • Test Your Knowledge

  • 9

    Module 6: Moving the Body Parts

    • Moving the Body Parts

    • Audio Practice

  • 10

    Module 6.1: Moving the Body Parts (Cont.)

    • Moving the Body Parts (Cont.)

    • Audio Practice

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

  • 11

    Module 6.2: Direction and Speed

    • Direction and Speed

    • Audio Practice

    • Test Your Knowledge

  • 12

    Module 7: Pain Assessment

    • Pain Assessment

    • Audio Practice

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

  • 13

    Module 8: Counting Numbers

    • Counting Numbers

    • Audio Practice

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

  • 14

    Module 8.1: Directing Groups

    • Directing Groups

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

  • 15

    Module 9: Diagnostic Interview

    • Diagnostic Interview

  • 16

    Module 9.1: Determining Lucidity

    • Determining Lucidity

    • Audio Practice

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

  • 17

    Module 9.2: Establishing Purpose for Visit

    • Establishing Purpose for Visit

    • Audio Practice

    • Test Your Knowledge

  • 18

    Module 9.3: Assessing Medical Condition

    • Assessing Medical Condition

    • Audio Practice

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

  • 19

    Module 9.4: Assessing Pain

    • Assessing Pain

    • Audio Practice

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

  • 20

    Module 9.5: Assessing Patient Support

    • Assessing Patient Support

    • Audio Practice

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Test Your Knowledge

  • 21

    Resources

    • The Next Steps

    • Resource Area

  • 22

    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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