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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.








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