Plymouth Meeting PA- Let Childhood Happen: A Collaborative Approach

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Doubletree by Hilton

640 Fountain Road

Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

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This course provides an overview of childhood gait, walking pre-requisites and tri-planar biomechanical efficiency. Dynamic orthoses with case studies are reviewed as therapeutic options.

This 4-hr lecture is intended for all Physical Therapists and PT Assistants working with children, regardless of skill level and practice setting.

Dinner will be provided.


Gait Analysis:

  • Understand and critique how gait is analyzed across pediatric practice settings.


  • Explain the role of pre-walking development skills on bone and soft tissue modeling.

Gait and Develpment:

  • Examine typical and atypical skeletal development and alignment along the lower extremity.

Tri-Planar Biomechanics:

  • Compare calcaneal mobility in a thermoplastic closed heel AFO versus and open heeled carbon composite AFO.

Orthotic Intervention:

  • Compare and contrast different models and materials of AFOs and their impacts on muscle function, foot mobility, and resulting functional or dysfunctional outcomes.


Dr Phil Cadman, PT, DPT


NJ, DE, PA-licensed PT and PTA- 4 Contact Hours


5:30 Sign-in begins

6:00 Overview and Introduction

6:45 Development of Walking Skills

7:15 Positioning for growth: Skeletal Alignment

7:45 Hip Orthotics

8:05 Gait Dynamics

8:45 Tri-Planar Biomechanics

9:20 Gait Cycle Muscle Function

9:50 Conclusion and Q&A

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640 Fountain Road

Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

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