The Cascade Dafo Institute features a series of courses that teach practical, real life skills to enhance your clinical practice. Highly interactive with 130 videos featuring more than 40 patients, these courses are self-paced – pick and choose the content that best meets your unique needs.
And, did we mention? All of our courses are free!
Take the courses anywhere, anytime, as many times as you'd like.
For the best experience, we recommend taking these courses on your desktop or laptop computer (you can also use your iPad, but some videos and interactions may not work perfectly). Be sure to use the most up-to-date version of your browser (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari, etc.), and a fast internet connection.
Read on for current available courses, CEU information, and how to get started.
Intro to Dynamic Bracing Course Series
An overview of the history of dynamic bracing, including an explanation of the difference between a traditional AFO and a DAFO. Includes discussion of the fundamentals of dynamic pediatric bracing, with emphasis on the importance of determining a patient's best position of function.
The coolest thing about this course: You'll see a photo of the original DAFO, made entirely of plaster.
| Brace Selection
Learn practical, real life clinical skills to help you choose the best style of DAFO for your patient. Includes an overview of the DAFO Guide to Brace Selection, a handy resource tool you can use in helping you evaluate pediatric patients for bracing: choose a patient group, determine the patient's level of involvement, and see the suggested brace styles that will best meet the patient's needs.
The coolest thing about this course: It's jam-packed with patient videos.
| Casting and Scanning for DAFOs
Capturing a patient's best position of function in a cast or scan is essential to creating the very best bracing outcome. Learn specialized techniques for casting and scanning for DAFOs.
The coolest thing about this course: We show you how to use the latest digital scanning technology for DAFOs – learn how to use this cutting edge technique to save shipping time and costs. Bonus info: We've included our best tips for working with children.
We are experts in creating custom DAFOs built precisely to your specifications. Use our order forms to their full potential to get exactly the brace you want, every time.
The coolest thing about this course: Hear directly from Cascade Dafo founder/owner Don Buethorn, CPO – he provides tips about the importance of the cast correction section of our order forms.
| Fit & Wear
Custom DAFOs may require minor adjustments for optimal fit – learn tips and tricks for evaluating and enhancing fit, both at the initial fitting appointment, and over time.
The coolest thing about this course: Tutorials, tutorials, tutorials. You'll learn where to find all of our how-to instructions for making adjustments both in the lab, or in the field
| Fast Fit Solutions
Our Fast Fit prefabricated shoe inserts and orthoses are an effective alternative to custom DAFOs – learn the who, what, when, where, and how behind these off-the-shelf solutions.
The coolest thing about this course: The littlest feet (we’re talking ages 0 to 3) grow fast – learn about quick, effective, and affordable solutions for them, no casting needed.
Beyond the Basics
Using DAFOs in Treatment Plans for Patients with Cerebral Palsy
Learn strategies for providing the best possible bracing for your patients with cerebral palsy. You'll gain a better understanding of the movement disorders commonly associated with CP, along with assessment techniques, bracing strategies, and brace planning before and after medical and surgical interventions.
The coolest thing about this course: Two awesome experts. You'll learn from a neurologist and an orthotist who have worked together for many years at a world-renowned CP center.
Further customize DAFOs with optimizations – optional brace features that enhance fit and function. Learn which optimizations are available, how to choose appropriate optimizations for each patient, and how to order them.
The coolest thing about this course: You want it? We’ve got it! The DAFO Optimization Index lists 16 categories of nearly 80 optimizations – and most of them are free of charge.
Grow Your Business
Group Facilitation Skills
Fine-tune your presentation skills and get tips and tricks for facilitating proactive conversations in a group setting.
The coolest thing about this course: We include a printable Instructor Evaluation Tool that you can use in practicing your presentation – a colleague or friend can observe your rehearsal and use the tool to provide you with helpful feedback.
American Board for Certifications in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics
The following courses have been approved for Category I continuing education credits for Orthotists, Orthotic Assistants, and Orthotic Technicians*:
- Course 1: Assessing Pediatric Patients for Dynamic Lower Extremity Orthoses (2)
- Course 2: Brace Selection (.75)
- Course 3: Casting and Scanning for DAFOs (1.5)
- Course 4: Ordering Custom DAFOs (1.5)
- Course 5: Fit & Wear (.75)
- Course 6: Fast Fit Solutions (.5)
- Using DAFOs in Treatment Plans for Patients with Cerebral Palsy (2.5)
- Brace Optimizations (1.5)
In order to receive credit for the above-listed courses, pass the final course test with a score of 80% correct or better. Participant names and test scores are submitted to ABC in O&P on a quarterly basis.
*As a reminder, in February 2008, ABC began awarding discipline specific credits, when appropriate, to approved Category I programs. For those individuals who participate in our courses who are not approved by ABC in the approved discipline(s), Category II credits may be awarded.
Physical Therapists (state APTA chapters and state licensing boards)
Our courses are not pre-approved with the individual state licensing boards. You can check with your state board for information on applying for CEUs for our courses, and we will be happy to assist with the required documentation. Note: some of this content is available for CEU credits for physical therapists via the website PhysicalTherapy.com -- follow this link for additional information: http://www.physicaltherapy.com/pt-ceus/course/casc...
Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association, Inc.
The Intro to Dynamic Bracing courses and the Brace Optimizations course have been approved as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities by the Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association. Each course is worth 1 accredited CPD point, but if you take at least 6 courses, you receive 2 bonus CPD points.
The Beyond the Basics course, Using DAFOs in Treatment Plans for Patients with Cerebral Palsy, is worth 4 accredited CPD points.
We collect and submit names to the Australian AOPA on a quarterly basis.