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Posterior scoot

Description & Directions

"Move backward 2 inches without using your arms."

Use the tape measure to ensure 2 inches of movement. Assign a score.

Posterior Scoot Scoring

 Score  Description  Selected Example
 4 Independent  Performance normal.
 3 Verbal cues/increased time Excessive time or excessive scooting motions required.
 2 Upper extremity support Must use hand(s) to complete scoot, even with multiple attempts.
 1 Needs assistance Mod A to complete scoot.
 0 Dependent Cannot complete without total assistance.

Common questions about Posterior Scoot

  • My patient performs the scoot, but they are moving too fast and the movement is not safe without supervision.  How do I score them? If safety is the primary problem the patient has, and you feel supervision would be required for the task, you should score the patient a 3 Verbal cues/increased time.  This is to account for the verbal cues you would normally give the patient regarding the safety of the movement.

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