Pediatric locomotor training is an activity-based therapy designed to activate the central nervous system below and across the level of injury by providing sensory input to the spinal cord by repetitive, task practice to generate motor output for improvement in sitting, standing and mobility, standing, and walking after neurologic injury. Locomotor retraining is provided on a treadmill using partial body weight support and manual facilitation. Improved neuromuscular capacity is then transferred to overground skills that are integrated into the home and community. Participants will learn manual cues and techniques for the pediatric population and learn ways to achieve a successful, training environment that is developmentally-appropriate.


Participants will learn the scientific basis, hands-on skills, clinical decision-making, and administrative and management strategies for providing locomotor training. This course includes pre-conference preparation (6 hours of online lectures; 6-10 hours of reading, assignments and tests) and 2.5 days at a clinical site. This course combines didactic teaching and practical skills development with hands on treatment of children with neurologic dysfunction. Course text is Locomotor Training: Principles and Practice (2011) must be purchased online at

Target Audience: Novice and Intermediate level course open to licensed physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, exercise physiologist, and rehab technicians.

Credits: 30 contact hours (10 online and 20 on-site) from EIM Institute of Health Professions

Faculty: Andrea Behrman, PhD, PT, FAPTA

Program Applicability: None

Prerequisites: None

Appropriate dress: Participants should wear comfortable attire consistent with clinic wear or staff wear for a wellness/fitness center; tennis shoes are appropriate.


  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the basic science related to activity-based therapy.
  2. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the guiding principles of activity-based therapy, with an emphasis on locomotor training on the treadmill, over ground, and in the community.
  3. Identify and incorporate the principles of locomotor training during evaluation and progression of a child with neurological dysfunction.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of trainer positions and roles during locomotor training.
  5. Demonstrate introductory level hands-on skills as a trainer of locomotor training (in preparation for continued practice and skill development upon return to own clinical site).
  6. Demonstrate clinical decision-making for skill progression.
  7. Select and use developmentally-appropriate play and activities supporting therapeutic goals on and off the treadmill.


Readings in preparation for the onsite, hands-on component are required with supplementary articles listed in each learning module and can be downloaded from the Moodle Learning Management System upon registration and enrollment in the course.


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