Social Security for Learning Disorders in Children
The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers a number of conditions severe enough to prevent you from working. Regardless of the condition, all are subject to evaluation and must meet certain criteria to qualify for benefits.
Though most conditions listed by the SSA as disabling are permanent or are expected to result in death, those that are not require evidence showing that the condition has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year. Our dedicated Social Security Disability (SSD) lawyers are here to help and support you during this time.
Learning disorders in young children may be subtle and difficult to detect, but children with learning disorders usually have trouble listening, paying attention, speaking clearly, reading, writing, and doing math. About one-third of children who have learning disabilities also have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which can make paying attention even more difficult.
Learning Disorders and Social Security Disability
According to the SSA, a child under the age of 18 is considered “disabled” if he or she has a “medically determinable physical or mental impairment or combination of impairments that causes marked and severe functional limitations.”
What does that mean? It means that tests will need to be performed by a medical professional to detect the presence of a learning disorder. The disorder must be permanent or persist for at least a year to qualify for benefits.
There are two parts to the test to determine whether or not a child has a learning disability:
- How the child interacts socially
- How the child communicates verbally, nonverbally, and how they perform in an imaginative activity
To test whether or not a child has ADHD, medically documented proof of the following three criteria must be presented:
- Marked inattention
- Marked impulsiveness
- Marked hyperactivity
Getting SSD Benefits for Your Child
If your child has a learning disorder, he or she may have disadvantages at school and when trying to get a job later in life. Children with learning disorders often need one-on-one tutoring and instruction, and that can be expensive. In addition, some children’s learning disorders are so profound they need constant care and attention—which means one or both parents may be unable to work.
At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our Social Security Disability lawyers understand the impact your child’s learning disability has on your family, and that’s why we’ll fight to get you benefits. Our services won’t cost you a dime unless we get benefits for your child—that’s our No Fee Guarantee®. Get the help you deserve and contact our firm by dialing (800) 477-7315.