$49.00 USD

Overview of Lower Extremity in Occupational Therapy

There are not many lower body training programs for occupational therapy practitioners taught by an Occupational Therapy! Take this course for a broader, generalized understanding of the lower extremities, gait abnormalities, and gait analysis. Learn why this knowledge is important for both OTs and OTAs! 

What you'll get:

  • Confidence that lower body rehabilitation is in the OT Scope of Practice (never question it again)! 
  • 20 Handouts from the BOT Resource Portal
  • Improved generalized understanding of the lower body (if you didn't get much of this in school!) 



Timed Table of Contents

Lesson One: Roles in Occupational Therapy for Lower Body

The Role of Occupational Therapy in Lower Extremity Dysfunctions (00:00 - 07:02)

Restoring Balance and Mobility for Patients with Disabilities (07:02 - 14:17)

Training on Adaptive Equipment: Strategies for Maximum Independence and Self-Care (14:18 - 21:50)

Understanding Durable Medical Equipment & Its Role in OT (21:51 - 24:10)


Lesson Two: Essential Functions of Occupational Therapy in Treating the Lower Extremity [Re-Iteration + new handouts]


OTs Role in Lower Extremity Care: Assessing Gait, Posture, and Body Mechanics (00:00 - 07:14)

Rehabilitating Balance and Assigning Adaptive Equipment for Increased Standing Tolerance

(07:14 - 11:25)


Lesson Three: Functions and Structures of the Lower Body

The Pelvic Girdle: Stability and Range of Motion (00:00 - 07:08)

The Four Movements of the Ankle Joint and their Applications in Ambulation (07:08 - 08:31)


Lesson Four : Gait and Functional Movement Analysis 

Gait Analysis: Understanding Stance, Swing and Anticipatory Postural Movement (00:00 - 06:55)

The Role of OT in Remediating Drop Foot & Sit-to-Stand Transitions (06:55 - 12:12)

Structural Observations (0:00-8:23) 

  • Gluteus Maximus Gait (5 minutes)
  • Gluteus Medius Gait (5 minutes)
  • Waddling Gait (5 minutes)
  • Quadricips Gait (5 minutes)
  • Ankle Dorsiflexor Weakness Gait (5 minutes)
  • Hamstring Weakness (Genu Recurvatum Gait)  (5 minutes)
  • Hip Flexion Contracture)  (5 minutes)
  • Vaulting Gait (5 minutes)
  • Bell Clapper Gait (5 minutes)
  • Parinsonian Gait (5 minutes)
  • Scissor Gait (5 minutes)
  • Ataxic Gait (5 minutes)
  • Crouch Gait (5 minutes)

Lesson Five : Addressing Abnormal Gait Remediation

Occupational Therapy Process when working with lower body (0:00-8:18)


Course Objectives:

  • Develop and enhance understanding of the occupational therapy practitioner’s role in upper body remediation and rehabilitation.
  • Develop and enhance understanding of the shoulder complex and origination of movement in the distal upper extremity.
  • Develop and enhance understanding of the appendicular skeleton as it relates to bilateral upper extremity structures, functions, and movements and it’s integrative implications on lower extremity function, trunk position, gait, posture, ergonomics.
  • Develop and enhance understanding of common diagnoses impacting the upper extremities and potential evidence-based treatment strategies to use throughout the occupational therapy process to remain occupation-centered while remediating elements of dysfunction and providing solutions to decrease or address activity demands across contexts.
  • Learn and increase confidence in the facilitation of scapular mobility for a variety of diagnoses.

Completion Requirements

1. Learner must watch the module-based training in its entirety 

2. Learner must answer mixed format questions (multiple choice/ true or false) to demonstrate learning objectives / course objectives have been met. 


AOTA CEUs/Contact Hours: 

2.5 Contact Hours / .25 CEUs

Course Approval Code: 48653


Course Information: 

Date and Course Requirements:

The material will be accessible to you AT YOUR OWN PACE FOR 1 YEAR or the duration of your Thrive Membership (whichever is applicable). You must complete this course within that time period. You must complete all course objectives and applicable assessments.

Ask Questions:

This is an asynchronous learning platform. Submit questions via e-mail, receive answers via video/audio whichever is appropriate posted to the website (FAQ page)

Level of Difficulty: Introductory 

Information is geared to practitioners with little or no knowledge of the subject matter. Focus is on providing general introductory information.

Target Audience:

Occupational Therapy (OT/OTA) students and practitioners looking for additional instruction on introductory and foundational knowledge of the OT profession and how to use the OTPF-4 for confidence and clinical application.


Asynchronous Online Learning Platform


Buffalo Occupational Therapy will be organizing and delivering the program, Michelle Eliason, MS, OTR/L, CKTS will be teaching!

Instructional Methods:

(1) Webinar (2) Powerpoint Slides  (7) Ability to ask questions throughout the year and have them be answered via audio or video on the FAQs page.


Do you require accommodations or assistance?

Cancellation Policy

Course Transfer Option: Within one week (7 days) of course purchase and proof that the course was not accessed,  at no charge, BOT will assist with a one-time transfer to a different course at equal or lesser investment.

Refund Option – Online Course: You are eligible for a refund if your Learndash account reflects that you have spent less than 2 total hours within the course. Your refund will be processed within 7-10 business days from receiving your refund request.* Any requests falling outside the timeframe stated in this policy, do not qualify for a refund.

Distance Learning - Interactive Courses / Provider-based Cancellation: If, for any reason, the course instructor will not be accessible to interact with any purchased course, the learner will have extended access to the course for the amount of time the course instructor is inaccessible. The course user will be contacted immediately and kept apprised of the status. 

 *Please note that many credit card companies have an additional 3-5 business day processing time for the refund to reflect on your credit card statement.

Financial Discolures

Buffalo Occupational Therapy stands to benefit financially from courses materials and additional materials referenced throughout the course in the form of treatment videos, memberships, PDFs, and other resources.


Buffalo Occupational Therapy has compiled supplement resources by way of a manual that has been sufficiently cited and a unique compilation of workbook pages used to better understand course materials. Because this is considered "for education only", it has not been included in the cost of this program.


All educational resources are created to further the occupational therapy profession in our mission to help produce competent and confident clinical providers.


Buffalo Occupational Therapy and speakers do not stand to benefit financially from any textbooks or course materials authored by others that are mentioned throughout the course. As evidence-based and research-driven professionals, we have accumulated many great resources from other authors in the medical profession and freely promote these materials as separate purchases to aid in your wealth of knowledge throughout your career.