Segmental Assessment of Trunk Control (SATCo)


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The Segmental Assessment of Trunk Control (SATCo) is the only current measure that can quantify different types and intermediate levels of trunk control prior to independent sitting.

This course introduces the SATCo assessment, it’s development and psychometric properties, how to administer and score the SATCo, and application for postural control in the clinic, school, home, and research settings. Video examples from typically developing infants and children with neurologic disorders (e.g. Cerebral palsy and spinal cord injury) are used throughout the course. This course includes a final one hour module, conducted ‘live’ via Zoom with the course instructors for integrated discussion, application, and time for Q&A with Course Instructors.

Course Developers/Instructors: Sandra Saavedra, PhD, PT (University of Hartford), Laura Leon Machado, DPT (Frazier Rehab Institute), Andrea Behrman, PhD, PT, FAPTA (University of Louisville)

8 Contact Hours. 2021 Launch Pricing: $275



Target Audience: This self-guided course is recommended for clinicians and researchers interested in learning how to administer and score the SATCo for typically and atypically developing children across diagnostic groups and settings.



Upon completion, the learner will be able to:

1. Set up, administer, and score Segmental Assessment for Trunk Control (SATCo) for a child.

2. Recognize and offer recommendations for correction of common tester and scoring errors specific to testing children with typical and atypical development (postural dysfunction).

3. Recognize compensatory strategies during SATCo administration and describe what these may reflect regarding underlying postural control.

4. Discuss the application and implications of SATCo across settings and across diagnostic groups.

5. Discuss the theoretical constructs of current practice compared to a segmental approach for postural dysfunction.


Course Outline


  • Course Introduction, Objectives, and Outline
  • Glossary
  • Announcements
  • Module 1 – Relevance of SATCo to Clinicians, Parents, and Researchers

Theory and Concepts

  • Module 2 – Typical and Atypical Development of Posture Control
  • Module 3 – Pediatric Balance Tools
  • Module 4 – Open and Closed Chain Concepts


  • Module 5 – Development and Psychometric Properties of the SATCo
  • Module 6 – Administration of SATCo
  • Module 7 – Tester Errors


  • Module 8 – Recognition of Compensatory Strategies
  • Module 9 – SATCo Scoring
  • Module 10 – Practice Scoring From Video


  • Module 11 – Application and Clinical Examples
  • Module 12 – Reflections on Paradigms of Postural Dysfunction
  • Final Course Documents

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