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



Normal performance.


Verbal cues/increased time

Needs cues to keep eyes closed.


Upper extremity support

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


Needs assistance

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



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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