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Sitting, Eyes Closed

Description & Directions

"Close your eyes and remain sitting still with your hands in your lap."

Time the patient for 30 seconds, assign a score.

Sitting, Eyes Closed Scoring

Score Description Selected Example

4

Independent

Normal performance.

3

Verbal cues/increased time

Needs cues to keep eyes closed.

2

Upper extremity support

Must use hand(s) to maintain upright posture, may attempt 2-3 times to ensure hands are required.

1

Needs assistance

Cannot sit for the full 30 seconds with eyes closed without physical assistance.

0

Dependent

Total assist required to sit, cannot keep eyes closed even with maximal cueing.

Common questions about Sitting, Eyes Closed

  • Is there partial scoring for timed items? No. You should score the lowest performance of the patient if they cannot complete the time requirement.

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