4 Day Pediatric Gait Analysis and Orthotic Management (OSKAR) and/or 1 Day Advanced Pediatric Gait Course

$ 550.00

3 OPTIONS: Join us for 4 day live course, add-on Advanced Pediatric Gait, or take it as a stand-alone day if you have attended Elaine Owens' OSKAR course before.

Early-Bird Pricing Available until August 15th

The Pediatric Gait Analysis and Orthotic Management course explores a fresh approach to the observation and analysis of typical and atypical patterns of standing, stepping and walking with full gait cycles. 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.  The emphasis of patient cases will focus on cerebral palsy, myelomenigocoele and other neurological 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. Video vector gait laboratory examples and patient discussions in small and large groups will help participants refine their clinical decision-making skills in gait analysis and orthosis design and alignment. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to apply the principles directly into their working practice. 

LIVE DATES: November 6, November 20, December 4 and December 12, 2020 (Attend all 4 days)

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 DATES: January 9, 2021 or April 23, 2021 (Choose 1)


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.


Participants will complete 6 hours of self study activities in advance of this four day course (earning 25.5 contact hours + 6.0 contact hours= 31.5) These self study activities for the course will consist of readings, a 60 minute on-demand webinar and an exercise to better understand terminology and definitions necessary to the fundamentals of the course. Participants will fill out an assessment of this material prior to the live course. 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 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
  • 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
  • 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 31.5 Contact Hours (6.0 Hours Self-Study 25.5 Live). Approval #216-000069 Advanced course has been approved for an additional 6.5 contact hours. 

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 31.5 Contact Hours (6.0 Hours Self-Study,25.5 Live). Advanced course has been approved for an additional 6.5 contact hours. 


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 application for 6.5 credits. 

Illinois Early Intervention

The Illinois Early Intervention Training Program has applied for this event for 25.5 hours of EI credential credit. 



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