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Can my child collect Social Security disability benefits for ADHD?

The Social Security Administration’s Children's Listing 112.11 provides for benefits  if your child is disabled by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. However, it is difficult to actually get benefits because ADHD is so prevalent in our society. Essentially the government could not pay all children who suffer from this condition so they limit it to the worst cases.  

Your child's disability is, for the most part, viewed in terms of school performance.Your child must have all three symptoms of ADHD. These are  severe inattention, impulsiveness, and hyperactivity. These symptoms must cause limiting conditions resulting from ADHD. 

For children 3-18, to receive SSI disability benefits based on ADHD, they must have severe difficulty compared to other children of their age in at least two of the four following areas, resulting from ADHD:

*cognitive or communicative functions,

*social functioning,

*personal functioning, or

*concentration, persistence, or pace.

For each of these conditions resulting from ADHD, there must be supporting documentation including:

*medical findings, such as treatment notes written by a doctor, mental health professional, or staff professionals at a mental health facility

*historical information from parents and teachers, such as teacher reports and evaluations

*results of standardized testing, such as achievement testing and IQ testing.

It should be noted that children's benefits come through the SSI program so there are stringent parental income and asset limits in addition to a finding of disability. If your child suffers from ADHD the chances are that he or she will not be initially awarded benefits. If you believe that you may have a strong case, however, please call the disability law firm of Croy & Timms for advice on what documents you should try to obtain to help prove your case. 

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