Online Course
Early Development of Walking and Other Locomotor Tasks
Help your youngest patients successfully navigate their first steps

1.5-2 hours





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Pam Versfeld
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Pam has a passion for sharing her knowledge of task oriented movement therapy for infants and toddlers

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Toddlerhood is an amazing time of rapid skill development, and independent ambulation is one of the most important and exciting milestones for children and their care providers. Skilled clinical examination and knowledge of locomotor milestones are the most common methods to identify potential motor impairments in toddlers. Therefore, understanding toddler gait development is vital for rehabilitation professionals working with children. This course overviews the development of walking skills in toddlers. It also briefly discusses rehabilitation interventions, which can help promote mobility and enhance social interactions for children who are unable to ambulate.


This course aims to introduce rehabilitation professionals to gait development in typically developing toddlers and discuss rehabilitation considerations for children with locomotor difficulties.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video 1: Early Development of Walking and Other Locomotor Tasks
  2. Video 2: Early Development of Walking and Other Locomotor Tasks for Children with Atypical Development
  3. Reading activity
  4. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


  • Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.
  • Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1.5-2 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
  • Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.
  • Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.4 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • describe key characteristics of toddler gait in different environments and situations
  • discuss at least two fundamental locomotor skills needed by toddlers to negotiate various ambulation surfaces and advanced locomotor skill acquisition in toddlers, including types of practice that encourage skill acquisition
  • discuss key rehabilitation considerations for children who are non-ambulatory, including potential impairments, supported-standing interventions and the use of orthotics

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Pam Versfeld: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


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Featured reviews
I recommend this course to all physiotherapists working with children presenting with locomotor difficulties. It will be a great learning experience.
Yiga Robert