Q Can my child get Social Security benefits if he has ADHD or another learning disability?
While children may qualify for benefits for ADHD and other learning disabilities, these cases are often difficult to win for a number of reasons:
- Psychological test results. Many children have not been adequately tested for learning disorders, so their conditions are undiagnosed. It will support your claim when you include any psychological test results, such as the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children or achievement testing, that point to the probability of a learning disorder.
- Education requirements. A strong disability case relies on teacher observations and the special education requirements your child needs to learn. If your child is not enrolled in special education courses, does not have a current Individualized Education Program (IEP), and has not exhibited any functional deficits in school, he likely will be denied disability benefits.
- Improvement. As children age, many learning and cognitive conditions often get better on their own. In the time it takes for a disability application to move from denial, to appeal, to a hearing by an administrative law judge, the child’s grades, concentration, and scholastic abilities may have radically improved.
Get Social Security Income (SSI) for ADHD
Your child’s medical records, limitations, and family income will help determine whether or not he qualifies for Social Security. If your child meets the Social Security Administration’s definition of disabled and your family’s income is well below the national average, you may be able to collect a monthly Supplemental Security Income payment to help with the costs of caring for your child. If you have questions about your right to benefits, please type them in the chat box at the bottom of this page so we can get started on your case. Your contact with us is free, and we do not charge you anything unless we win your case.