LDS and Talaria, Inc. IC Workshop online communication improvement tool now ready for Nursing Professionals to ‘testdrive’.

Tustin, CA, May 2008

In 2007, LDS & Associates, LLC, Tustin, CA partnered with Talaria, Inc., Seattle, WA to begin Phase I of an NIH grant project entitled “Intercultural Communication Workshop”. The (now-titled) “IC Workshop” is a multimedia, internet-based educational tool to improve the oral American English skills of foreign-born nursing professionals.

“Building effective communication – especially a good accent for English – is always challenging for adult language learners. For medical professionals, it’s a critical skill in patient care. Our IC Workshop web-learning tool is an exciting new option for building better communication skills. We’ve tailored the content and the activities precisely for the healthcare setting: we want users to clearly see applications to their jobs ,” said Lorna Sikorski of LDS & Associates.

“NIH has approved our Human Subject application that will allow us to actively recruit Nursing Professionals to try the system for up to four months, said Dr. Eileen Van Schaik, of Talaria, Inc.

The application process is very simple and can be done immediately from this page. At this contact page, we request only your name and email address. When you submit that page, a flyer will appear with detailed information and an immediate link to study’s email address. You will also find phone number for the grant’s field. Participants can actually complete the online application and begin using the tool immediately.

“Feedback from these Phase I participants will be crucial to the development of the complete product in Phase II, which begins in late summer 2008,” said Lorna Sikorski.

About LDS Associates
Based in Orange County, California, LDS & Associates specializes in the design and implementation of communication programs for foreign born professionals. Lorna D. Sikorski, M.A., CCC-SP, President of LDS, has emphasized adult second language learners for the past twenty years. In addition to running LDS & Associates Publishing, Ms. Sikorski has conducted professional training seminars on accent throughout the U.S. and Canada since 1984. She is also an active trainer for accented adults in the U.S. and in select international settings.

About Talaria, Inc.
Based in Seattle, Washington, Talaria, Inc. develops online healthcare education courses for providers and patients. Talaria has received over 15 NIH SBIR grant awards since its inception.