ADHD

ADHD And SSI Disability Benefits For Children

Can I Get Social Security Disability Benefits If I Suffer From ADHD?
Is There A Specific Listing For ADHD?
If I Do Not Meet The Listing, Is There Another Way To Get Social Security Disability Benefits?
 

 

Can I Get Social Security Disability Benefits If I Suffer From ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD, is a behavioral disorder affecting approximately 10% of school-age children.  The number of children diagnosed with ADHD in the last 10 years has drastically increases, leading some psychologists to believe that the condition is now being overly diagnosed.  Nonetheless, if your child suffers from ADHD he or she may be able to get SSI disability benefits. When you apply for disability benefits with ADHD, the Social Security Administration will first determine whether your condition is severe enough to meet a listing. The listing that pertains to ADHD is Listing 112.11. If your child meets Listing 112.11, then he or she will be found to be disabled. If your child does not meet the listing, Social Security will then evaluate whether your child meets a functional equivalent. To do so, the Administration will look at six domain: acquiring and using information; attending and completing tasks; interacting and relating with others; moving about and manipulating objects; carrying for yourself and; health and physical well-being. At least two of those areas must result in “marked” limitations or an “extreme” in one of the domains.

 

 

Is There A Specific Listing For ADHD?

Social Security recognizes ADHD under Listing of Impairments 112.11: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Below is the listing:

112.11 Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder:
Manifested by developmentally inappropriate degrees of inattention, impulsiveness, and hyperactivity.

The required level of severity for these disorders is met when the requirements in both A and B are satisfied.

A. Medically documented findings of all three of the following:
1. Marked inattention; and
2. Marked impulsiveness; and
3. Marked hyperactivity;

and

B. For older infants and toddlers (age 1 to attainment of age 3), resulting in at least one of the appropriate age-group criteria in paragraph B1 of 112.02; or, for children (age 3 to attainment of age 18), resulting in at least two of the appropriate age-group criteria in paragraphs B2 of 112.02.

For children 3-18, the additional criteria is to have at least two of the three following conditions resulting from ADHD:

1. Marked impairment in age appropriate cognitive/communication function.
2. Marked impairment in age appropriate social functioning.
3. Marked impairment in age appropriate personal functioning.

Listing 112.11 can be found on the SSA website. However, because most of the listing is structured using medical terminology, it can be quite difficult to know whether you will meet the ADHD listing. If you or a family member suffers from ADHD and want to know more about whether you might qualify for Social Security disability benefits (either SSDI or SSI), contact a Nevada or Illinois Social Security disability lawyer at Social Security Defenders LLC by filling out our free online consultation form.

 

 

If I Do Not Meet The Listing, Is There Another Way To Get Social Security Disability Benefits?

If you do not meet Listing 112.11 and ADHD is severely affecting your child, you may still qualify for Social Security disability benefits.  This is especially true if your child is being significantly affected at school by his condition.  IQ testing, achievement testing, teacher reports, evaluations, schoolwork, and medical reports can all be used to support a child’s case for SSI disability benefits.

Feel free to fill out our no obligation online free consultation form to find out whether your child could get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits.

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