Pediatric Gait Analysis & Orthotic Management: OSKAR (9 Week Course)


Early Bird rate available through August 24, 2023. Regular registration fee is $675. 

2023 LIVE ONLINE SESSION DATES: Oct 13, Oct 27, Nov 10, Dec 1 & Dec 8. There will be opportunities to view recordings of each of these sessions if you are unable to attend a live date or wish to review the content. 

DESCRIPTION: Pediatric Gait Analysis and Orthotic Management: An Optimal Segment Kinematics and Alignment Approach to Rehabilitation of Standing and Walking (OSKAR)

This 9-week, online course takes a fresh approach to the observation and analysis of typical and atypical patterns of standing, stepping, and walking with full gait cycles, OSKAR. The alignments, kinematics and kinetics of standing and walking, and the atypical patterns of disabling conditions will be reviewed with particular reference to OSKAR orthotic management and rehabilitation programs. Patient cases will focus on cerebral palsy, neural tube defects and other childhood-onset disabling conditions and are applicable to adults with a childhood-onset disability or acquired neurological conditions.

Participants will review the short- and long-term goals of orthotic management, in all areas of the International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health or ICF. The course will explore how to achieve these goals through: optimizing the biomechanical effects of footwear, ankle-foot orthoses and “AFO Footwear Combinations”; the use of clinical algorithms to design, align and tune “AFO Footwear Combinations” in order to optimize standing and walking for the variety of gait patterns; OSKAR rehabilitation programs that may accompany orthotic provision including functional gait training and motor learning programs with orthoses and footwear. Newly published Pictorial and Table Tools, to facilitate collaborative decision-making between clinicians and families, about goals, optimum orthosis design, and dosage, will be presented, together with a new Dosage Tool.

Video Vector gait laboratory case examples will help participants refine their clinical decision-making skills in gait analysis, orthosis and footwear design, and alignment of the ankle-foot orthosis and the AFO Footwear Combination.

FACULTY: This course is presented by Elaine Owen, MBE, MSc, SRP, MCSP,  who has developed the OSKAR approach to rehabilitation. She is ESMAC trained in Clinical Gait Analysis. For over 30 years she has used a video vector gait laboratory for gait analysis, and orthotic and physical therapy management of children and adults, at Bangor, UK and other locations, during which time OSKAR was developed.

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AUDIENCE: Orthotists, Pediatric Physical Therapists, Physical Therapists working with acquired or childhood-onset disability in adulthood, Orthotic Assistants, Physical Therapist Assistants, Orthotic Technicians, Orthotic Fitters, Pedorthists, Physicians, and Surgeons (not offering CME). Other professionals working in pediatrics have also found the content relevant and valuable.

OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

  • Apply Pictorial, Table and Dosage Tools for collaborative goal setting across the ICF components of body structures, body functions, activities, and participation, for children who use ankle-foot orthoses.
  • Demonstrate the 6 clinical algorithms for determining optimal orthotic designs, alignments, and dosage in order to implement OSKAR (an Optimal Segment Kinematics and Alignment Approach to Rehabilitation.) The algorithms consider not only the ankle-foot orthosis but the entire AFO Footwear Combination.

SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION: Participants will complete 39.5 hours of content comprised of 4 hours of self-study activities in advance of the course, 12.0 video + 6 hours homework, reading assignments, and assessment hours during the course, and 17.5 (3.5 x 5) live contact hours. The pre-course self-study activities will consist of reading assignments, on-demand viewing of webinars on Maturation of Gait and Clinical Assessment, and exercises to better understand the terminology and definitions necessary to the fundamentals of the course. Participants will complete an assessment of this material prior to the live course.

This course may be taken live or on-demand. In order to receive credit, all course requirements must be completed by December 15, 2023.  


Early Intervention: We have applied for Illinois Early Intervention Training credit for the course.

Orthotists: This program has been approved for up to 39.5 scientific credits through the American Board for Certification in O&P (ABC) for Orthotists, Orthotic Assistants, Orthotic Technicians, and Orthotic Fitters and Pedorthists. Full participation in this program is required to be eligible for the full amount of credits. 

Physical Therapy: This course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 39.5 Contact Hours (22.0 Hours Self-Study 17.5 Live). Approval #216-000069
The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education. This 9-week course has been approved for 39.5 Contact Hours (22 Hours Self-Study, 17.5Live).

The following states require continuing education units with no state-specific approval: CT, IA, and WA


Orthotic Assistants Orthotic Fitters Orthotic Technicians Orthotists Pedorthists Physical Therapist Assistants Physical Therapists