Lift and Lower


  • 3 different size balls or objects


You may provide a demo and give the participant practice trials if they would like to try it before being assessed. Record the number of practice trials on their assessment sheet.

“I want you to lift the object as high as you can and bring it back down. I want you to lift the object as high as you can and lower it back down to where you started. Ready? Go now.”

Rating System 

Developing Acquired
INITIAL: Becomes acquainted with the movement task
  • Participant fumbles in the lift or lower;

  • Participant does not use his/her full range of movement.
  • Drops the object.
COMPETENT: Overall proficiency is depicted by the quality of the movement
  • Participant can control object during lift and lower but is slightly choppy;
  • Participant mostly uses his/her full range of movement; and
  • Mostly secure grasp of the object.
EMERGING: Able to execute basic sequencing of the task
  • Transition between lift and lower segments is broken and not fluid;
  • Participant is close to using his/her full range of movement; and
  • Establishes relationship with object.
PROFICIENT: Able to problem solve with present conditions
  • Participant performs a controlled lift or reach with a momentary stop;
  • Participant uses his/her full range of movement;
  • Secure grasp of the object; and
  • Well-controlled descent of ball/object.

Movement Analysis Tips

  • For this task, you will want to notice the control the participant as they lift and lower the ball, as well as their ability to grasp it.
  • You will also want to notice the range of motion of the participant and whether they are able to reach full extension in their arms in the lift. 
  • Depending on the ability of the participant, they may find using a heavier or bigger ball more challenging.


Lift and Lower: Wheelchair

Lift and Lower: Wheelchair 2