Static Sitting

Description & Directions

"Sit tall with your hands in your lap."

Time the patient for 30 seconds, assign a score.

Static Sitting Scoring

Score Description Selected Example



Normal performance


Verbal cues/increased time

Slouches posture repeatedly during 30 seconds requiring cues to sit tall.


Upper extremity support

Cannot maintain upright posture without using hand(s) for full 30 seconds, even on second attempt.


Needs assistance

Requires mod A to sit statically for the full 30 seconds, only able to maintain without assistance for first 9 seconds.



Cannot sit without total assistance.

Common Questions about Static Sitting

  • Does the patient get partial credit for time completed? You you may attempt an item 1 or even 2 additional times. However, if they cannot complete the full 30 seconds at one scoring level, you need to score the item based on their lowest performance.

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