How Does a Child Qualify for SSI?

What does it take to prove my child is disabled?  This is a very good question. It is more difficult for children to be proven disabled because the rules for children (anyone under the age of 18) are pretty strict.

There are six domains or categories that SSA uses to evaluate children for disability.  The child must have a ‘marked’ limitation in at least two of the six domains to be qualified for disability. 

The domains are:

  • Acquiring and using Information

  • Attending and Completing Tasks

  • Interacting and Relating With Others

  • Moving About and Manipulating Objects

  • Caring for Self

  • Health and Physical Well Being

 You can help to document any deficits in these categories by keeping all report cards, psychological reports, and notes from teachers regarding behavior and discipline, doctor’s records, mental health treatment records and even a journal of anything you think may be considered significant.  The SSA relies upon school records and treating sources to evaluate these areas of concern.

For younger children who are not in school the SSA must rely upon medical providers and the comparison of age appropriate abilities of other children in the same age category.

Just remember to document EVERYTHING and if you would like some specific examples of limitations in each of the above domains stay tuned for the next series of blogs!

If you are interested in learning more about this subject, call our office today for a free phone consultation: 1-877-526-3457, or contact us now.


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About Shannan Hinzman

As a certified Social Security Advocate, for Jan Dils’ law practice, Shannan Hinzman shares her experience, knowledge and a caring attitude with each and every client. Having previously been contracted by the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review of the Social Security Administration, she has thirteen years’ experience in the area of Social Security law. She graduated from WVU in 1995 with an Associates degree in business administration and psychology.

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