5 Session Pediatric Gait Analysis and Orthotic Management (OSKAR) Course + Advanced Day Option

The online, live course explores a fresh approach to the observation and analysis of typical and atypical patterns of standing, stepping and walking with full gait cycles, OSKAR. The course will span 6 weeks with 5 half days of interactive lectures and 1 full day live on a video vector gait laboratory.  The kinematics and kinetics of standing and walking and the atypical gait patterns of disabling conditions will be reviewed, with particular reference to orthotic management and rehabilitation programs.  Patient cases will focus on cerebral palsy, myelomeningocele and other neurological conditions, but are applicable to other diagnoses and adult conditions. 

Participants will review the short- and long-term goals of orthotic management, in all areas of the ICF, and how to achieve them through:  the biomechanics of ankle foot orthoses, the influence of footwear, varieties of “AFO footwear combinations”, 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, and also the OSKAR rehabilitation programs that may accompany orthotic provision including functional gait training and motor learning programs with orthoses and footwear. A new Pictorial Tool, for clinicians and families, to facilitate collaborative decision making about goals, optimum orthosis design and dosage, will be presented.

Video Vector gait laboratory case examples will help participants refine their clinical decision-making skills in gait analysis and orthosis design and alignment.  Participation from the audience, by polling, will occur extensively during the case examples.   

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to apply the principles directly into their working practice. A comprehensive manual accompanies the course. The appearance of Live Video Vector cases on the last day of the course will depend on the availability of social distancing protocols and ability to observe live gait assessment on the Vector Laboratory. Pre-recorded Video Vector cases will be reviewed as an alternative.  

2021/22 LIVE DATES: October 29, November 5, 12, and 19, December 3 and 11. There will be opportuntities to view recordings of each of these sessions if you are unable to attend a live date or wish to review the content. 

The Advanced Pediatric Gait course is intended to build on your fundamental knowledge from Elaine Owen's Pediatric Gait Analysis and Orthotic Management course. (This course is a pre-requisite.) Advanced Pediatric Gait will provide an in depth analysis of “AFO footwear combination” design to optimize gait.  Participants will have an opportunity to discuss videos and live patient demonstrations and the surrounding clinical decision-making skills involved in gait analysis and orthotic design.  Elaine’s algorithms will be extensively reviewed through video examples and small / large discussion groups.  Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to apply the principles directly into their working practice. 

LIVE DATE: January 14, 2022


Elaine Owen, MBE, MSc, SRP, MCSP. She is ESMAC trained in Clinical Gait Analysis. For over 20 years she has used a video vector gait laboratory at Bangor Child Development Centre, UK for gait analysis, and orthotic and physical therapy management of children and adults.  

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This course is intended primarily for pediatric physical therapists, orthotists, orthopedic consultants and pediatricians. It is also useful to those working with adults.


Advanced Pediatric Gait will earn 6.5 contact hours. During the live portions of these courses, participants must record their attendance and complete an online evaluation. 


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

  • Describe kinematic analysis of the divisions of the gait cycle with equal emphasis on movements of the joints and movements of the segments relative to the vertical and horizontal
  • Review kinetic analysis of the divisions of the gait cycle and the interaction of kinematics with kinetics
  • Describe the kinematics, kinetics and muscle actions of typical standing, stepping and full gait cycles
  • Describe and Discuss the kinematics and kinetics of atypical gait patterns, deviations at segments and joints and categorization by segment deviation
  • Distinguish and Discuss the biomechanics of a variety of AFO and footwear designs and the alignment, refinement and tuning of these designs to optimize gait
  • Demonstrate use of a clinical algorithm for designing, aligning and tuning AFO Footwear Combinations to determine optimum prescriptions for each gait pattern
  • Demonstrate use of a clinical algorithm for determining whether a dorsiflexion free AFO design is appropriate
  • Distinguish the assessments required to determine the optimum alignment of the sagittal angle of the ankle in an AFO and demonstrate use of a clinical algorithm
  • Demonstrate use of a clinical algorithm for determining MTPJ free or MTPJ fixed AFO design
  • Integrate alignment and tuning concepts with patient case examples
  • Demonstrate static and dynamic alignment of AFO Footwear Combinations
  • Discuss the relevance of segment proportion to orthotic prescriptions
  • Describe the essential concepts of the Optimal Segmental Kinematics and Alignment approach to Rehabilitation (OSKAR)
  • Describe OSKAR functional gait training and motor learning programs for standing and walking with AFO Footwear Combinations
  • Demonstrate essential lower limb clinical assessments for gait analysis
  • Demonstrate use of digital video to perform sagittal and coronal gait analysis

(Please download brochure above, for the Advanced Pediatric Gait learning objectives.) 



Physical Therapy

This course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 6.5 Contact Hours 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 four-day course has been approved for 6.5 contact hours. 

The following states require continuing education units or contact hours with no state specific approval: CT, IA, and WA.


This program has applied  for up to 31.5 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. Advanced course approved for 6.5 credits. 

Illinois Early Intervention

The Illinois Early Intervention Training Program has approved this event for EI credential credit in the area of  2.0 - Assessment, 3.0 - Atypical Development, 20.0 – Intervention, 1.5 - Typical Development

The Illinois Early Intervention Training Program has approved the Advanced course for EI credential credit in the area of  3.0 - Assessment, 1.0 - Atypical Development, 2.0 – Intervention, 1.0 - Typical Development.



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