Using SATCo for Adaptive Positioning Decisions

How do you make positioning decisions that optimizes function? In this webinar, Dr. Saavedra discusses principles of positioning based on a segmental approach. This approach combines information obtained from SATCo level of trunk control with concepts of open and closed kinetic chains to help clinicians recognize the impact of positioning decisions on upright postural control and function. Videos are used to demonstrate change in alignment and function when adaptations are made to positioning equipment. The webinar wraps up with the application of all the concepts learned via 2 case studies demonstrating a variety of positioning adaptations over time in two children. 

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BONUS: PRACTICAL TOOLKIT - SATCo Form and Instructions; SATCo Bench Strapping System

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What therapists say about Sandra

This assessment tool was new to me. Adding this assessment to my toolbox seems like it will help a lot with determining exactly what to focus on.

- Therapist from NEXT Conference

Really enjoyed the videos and found them very helpful.

- Therapist from APTA's CSM 

This will change the way I approach learning trunk control to focus more specifically at the level where there is a loss of control.

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INSTRUCTOR: Sandra Saavedra, MS, PT, PhD is a pediatric researcher and Associate Professor at the University of Hartford. She has more than 25 years of clinical experience as a pediatric PT, and is a national leader in researching, teaching and applying segmental principles to treatment of posture impairments in infants all the way to older children, from those with mild to severe disabilities. She played a major role in the refinement and validation of the Segmental Assessment of Trunk Control (SATCo). She works with various clinical and school-based settings to apply SATCo principles to assessment, interventions, selection of adaptive equipment and measuring outcomes. 




At the completion of the course, the learner is expected to:

  1. Identify three important positioning principles to improve upright control in a child with postural dysfunction.
  2. Identify how children use “closed kinetic chain” strategies to support their posture. 
  3. Determine the starting level of external support to promote a child’s meaningful activities such as education, mealtime or others, on a given case scenario with SATCo scores.


  • General positioning principles
  • Open/closed kinetic chain concept
  • Segmental principles for positioning
  • Three case examples
  • Post-test: 10-item multiple choice. 70% correct answers required to receive a certificate


1.5 continuing education hours of training are awarded to learners who complete this course.

  • Apply EBP, LLC is an approved provider of CEUs for PTs and PTAs in IL and NY; and for OTs and OTAs in IN, IL, and AOTA (see imprimatur below for details).
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Learners must watch the video and complete course requirements, including scoring 70% or higher in the post-test to receive a certificate. Five (5) post-test retakes are allowed; if you exceed this limit, please email us.


  • You will have access to this course for at least 60 days.
  • There is no cancellation once course is purchased. Please email us if you have any questions.
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