For the children

first_imgThe need for child passenger safety programs.Relevant federal laws and safety standards.Crash dynamics.Vehicle occupant protection systems.Choosing and using the right child restraint systems.Installing child restraints correctly.Dealing with misuse and compatibility issues.Safety in other vehicles.Organizing and coordinating occupant protection programs. The cost is just $60, with a $30 rebate on successful completionand certification, and covers an English-Spanish glossary andother materials. But space is limited.Along with the traffic safety focus, the training will provideterms for medical interpreting for nurses, therapists, neonatalunits, labor-and-delivery staffs, pediatricians and birth centerclasses.To learn more about the training, or to sign up, call Montalvo at1-800-342-9819 or (678) 413-4289. Or e-mail her at [email protected](Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) By Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaUsed properly, safety seats save children’s lives. The Universityof Georgia has been teaching technicians to help people use childsafety seats right for 20 years. But all of those trainings havebeen in English.This fall, for the first time in Georgia and only the third timein the United States, they’ll offer one in Spanish.UGA’s Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute, a CooperativeExtension Service program funded by a Georgia Governor’s Officeof Highway Safety grant, will conduct the four-day CPS techniciantraining in Spanish at its training center in Conyers, Ga., Sept.20-23.”There have been two pilot trainings like this in Texas,” saidGTIPI Director Steve Davis. “We don’t know whether this one willbe identified as the third pilot or the first official training.”Clear needWith the first-time training, the planners are concerned aboutgetting enough qualified participants. The need, though, is clearto Marilu Montalvo, a bilingual GTIPI child passenger safetytrainer. A member of the National Child Passenger Safety Board,Montalvo will be one of the instructors in the training.Citing GTIPI traffic safety checks that have found a 90-percentto 100-percent misuse of child safety seats, Montalvo said thelanguage barrier puts Latino or Hispanic families at particularrisk.”Many of these parents have never had one minute of safetytraining,” she said. “Often it’s hard just to get them tounderstand that (using child safety seats) is the law.”Who should comeThe September training targets bilingual people who are motivatedto help Spanish-speaking parents and children, she said. It’sideal for community-based educators, medical interpreters, healthdepartments, community-based organizations and others who workwith Latino families.The college-level training isn’t easy. Experts will use a 32-hourNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration curriculum inSpanish to teach the knowledge and skills needed to become anationally certified CPS technician.Participants must pass a written test (100 multiple-choicequestions) and hands-on skills assessment to get the nationalcertification.Instructors will cover:last_img read more