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

October 30, 2021 @ 2:00 am - 6:00 am NZDT

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 opportunities 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 Paediatric Gait course is on January 14.

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