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SSI Disability for Children and Age Appropriate Activities

Generally, age appropriate activities are considered in Social Security child disability claims (note: these claims are actually filed in the SSI disability program since minor-age children are potentially eligible for SSI, but not social security disability, which is based on insured status that is gained through work credits).

Age appropriate activities are the accepted age level functional activities that a child should be able to perform. Once children are school age, their functional abilities are more easily documented. Children who attend school have psychological testing, schoolwork and progress reports. Additionally, their teachers can provide information about their ability to perform age related activities.

Social Security disability examiners send out teacher questionnaires to document a child’s ability to perform age related activities. They also offer some insight into the child’s problems with social functioning, deficiencies of concentration, attention, pace, and persistence. School records are sought for all school age children, so that disability examiners can effectively evaluate their functional abilities.

If the child is under school age, it is somewhat more difficult to evaluate age appropriate activities. However, Social Security accepts medical evidence from the child’s medical treating sources and other medical sources, along with observations from parents and other concerned individuals who are aware of the child’s activities of daily living as evidence with regard to the child’s performance of age appropriate activities.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

Will my children get benefits if I get approved for disability?
Eligibility for Social Security Disability Children Benefits
How to apply for social security disability SSI benefits for children
What are the SSI disability qualifications for Adults and Children?
What happens if I am on disability and sell property?
Can I supplement my income with part time work while I get disability?
Social Security Disability, freelance income, and paying taxes
Denied at my disability review and am now appealing that determination
Social Security benefits if you already get short term disability
Can my disability benefits be garnished for unpaid fines?
If I work part time, will Social Security deduct from my disability check?

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria