2/10/23: One Day Advanced Pediatric Gait Analysis and Orthotic Management: An Optimal Segment Kinematics and Alignment Approach to Rehabilitation (OSKAR)

PEDIATRIC GAIT ANALYSIS ADVANCED COURSE. NOTE: The prerequisite for this course is to have attended a Pediatric Gait course facilitated by Elaine Owen, MSc, SRP, MCSP in the past. 

LIVE DATE: February 10, 2023 7:45am-4:00pm Central US Time. There will be an opportunity to view recording of this session if you are unable to attend a live date or wish to review the content. There will be an optional office hour on February 13, 2023 from 3:00-4:00pm Central US Time for on-demand learners who would like to ask questions.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This online, live course is intended primarily for pediatric physical therapists and orthotists with a working knowledge of pediatric gait assessment. This online course will provide an in-depth analysis of short- and long-term goal setting across the ICF, and the AFO footwear combination design, alignments, and dosage to optimize gait and other outcomes. Participants will have an opportunity to work through video case studies and the surrounding clinical decision-making skills involved in gait analysis and orthotic design. Elaine’s algorithms will be extensively reviewed through the video examples and opinion polling. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to apply the principles directly into their working practice.

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.


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: 

  • Discuss and Defend the essential concepts of the Optimal Segmental Kinematics and Alignment approach to Rehabilitation (OSKAR).
  • Identify, Distinguish and Discuss the kinematics and kinetics of atypical gait patterns, gait deviations at segments and joints and categorization of atypical gaits by segment deviation.
  • Distinguish and Defend the assessments required to determine the optimum sagittal angle of the ankle in an AFO.
  • Demonstrate the use of a clinical algorithm to determine the optimum ankle angle in an AFO during patient case examples.
  • Integrate designing, aligning, and tuning concepts and the use of an algorithm to determine optimum prescriptions for a variety of patient case examples.
  • Demonstrate use of an algorithm for designing, aligning, and tuning AFO Footwear Combinations to determine the optimum prescriptions for patients during gait analysis and tuning sessions.
  • Describe, Discuss and Design OSKAR functional gait training and motor learning programs for standing and walking with AFO Footwear Combinations.

SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION: During the online portion of the course, participants must sign in and complete an online evaluation.  This course may be taken live or on-demand. In order to receive credit, all course requirements must be completed by February 17th.  You will have access to review course materials through May 11, 2023.



Early Intervention
The Illinois Early Intervention Training Program has been approved for 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.

This program has been approved for up to 6.5 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.

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 one day course has been approved for 6.5 contact hours. 

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


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