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Children's SSI Disability Cases

    As Social Security Disability lawyers, we help families who apply for SSI children's benefits in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts present their disability claims as strongly as possible to the Social Security Administration.  We have helped hundreds of people obtain Social Security Disability benefits and hundreds of families obtain SSI child benefits.

    To qualify for benefits from Social Security, your child must be found disabled and your family must have income and financial resources that are below certain amounts.  Children that qualify for disability payments receive benefits called Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  The maximum monthly benefit in Connecticut and Massachusetts is around $700.

    Your child can be approved for SSI disability benefits in two ways:

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Your  child can have an impairment that is severe enough to meet or equal the list of medical conditions that Social Security maintains for the major body systems.  For example, your child will qualify for SSI disability if he or she has asthma and, despite taking medication and following doctor's instructions, your child still has at least 6 asthma attacks per year that are severe enough to require a trip to the emergency room or a physician.

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Your child is found to have an extreme impairment in one of the following areas (Social Security calls these areas of functioning "domains") or a marked impairment in two of the areas:
bulletAcquiring and Using Information
bulletAttending and Completing Tasks
bulletInteracting and Relating with Others
bulletMoving About and Manipulating Objects
bulletCaring for Yourself
bulletHealth and Physical Well Being

 

Social Security Apply for Disability. SSI. Child's Claims. ADHD, ADD, ODD. Hartford, Waterbury, New Britain, New Haven, Meriden, Willimantic, New London, Norwich, CT. Holyoke, Worcester, Springfield, MA Qualifying for Children's SSI Disability Through Marked Impairments

    Your child has a marked impairment in a domain if the impairment seriously hinders your child's functioning in that domain.  For areas of functioning that can be measured with psychological or educational testing, an impairment is marked if the scores are between 2 and 3 standard deviations below average.  If your child is younger than 3, he or she has a marked impairment if he or she functions at a level more than one-half but less than two-thirds of his or her age.

    In regard to the domain of health and physical well being, your child has an extreme impairment if he or she is frequently ill or has frequent exacerbations with significant symptoms or signs.  "Frequent" means that the illnesses or exacerbations (1) happen an average of 3 times a year and last at least 2 weeks, or (2) happen more than 3 times a year but do not last for 2 weeks, or (3) happen less than 3 times a year but last longer than 2 weeks.

 

Social Security Apply for Disability. Social Security Disability Benefits. Disability Payments. Social Security Information. Applying for Social Security Claim. Qualifying for Children's SSI Disability Through Exteme Impairments

    Your child has extreme impairment in a domain if the impairment very seriously hinders your child's functioning in that domain.  For areas of functioning that can be measured with psychological or educational testing, an impairment is extreme if the scores are at least 3 standard deviations below average.  If your child is younger than 3, he or she has an extreme impairment if he or she functions at a level less than one-half of his or her age.

    In regard to the domain of health and physical well being, your child has an extreme impairment if he or she is frequently ill or has frequent exacerbations that are substantially greater than the requirements for a marked limitation.

 

Common Children's SSI Disability Claims

 

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and SSI Disability

 

    Your child with ADHD will qualify for SSI disability if your child:

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frequently cannot pay attention, is frequently impulsive and is frequently hyperactive, and

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has marked impairments in two of the following areas of functioning:
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cognitive/communicative (thinking, speaking and understanding),

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social (getting along with adults and children),

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personal (dressing, hygiene, and taking care of his or her needs),

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maintaining concentration, persistence or pace.

    If your child's condition improves with appropriate medication (such as Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta) and psychiatric treatment, he or she generally will not qualify for disability.

    If your child's ADHD is not severe enough to meet these requirements but still causes marked impairments, your child may qualify for disability if he or she has marked impairments in one or more additional domains of functioning.

 

Learning Disabilities / Special Education and SSI Disability

 

    If your child has a learning disability, the easiest way for your child to qualify for SSI disability is if his or her IQ test scores meet one of the following requirements:

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A valid verbal, performance, or full scale IQ of 59 or less.

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A valid verbal, performance, or full scale IQ of 60 through 70 and a physical or other mental impairment that causes additional and significant limitations of function.

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A valid verbal, performance, or full scale IQ of 60 through 70 and:
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(For ages 1 to 3)  Your child functions at a level less than two-thirds of his or her age in regard to:
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gross motor functioning (walking, running, jumping, balance), or

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social functioning (getting along with adults and children).

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(For ages 3 to 18)  Your child has marked impairments in regard to:
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social functioning, or

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personal functioning (dressing, hygiene, and taking care of his or her needs), or

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maintaining concentration, persistence or pace.

    If your child's learning disability is not severe enough to meet these requirements but still causes marked impairments, your child may qualify for disability if he or she has marked impairments in one or more additional domains of functioning.

    Along with IQ scores, report cards and PPT meeting reports can help to show the severity of your child's learning disability.  Because learning disabled children are often in special education, it is important to provide information about the additional help provided to children in the special ed classroom.

 

 

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