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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

4

Independent

Normal performance

3

Verbal cues/increased time

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

2

Upper extremity support

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

1

Needs assistance

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

0

Dependent

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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