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Childhood SSI and Health and Physical Well-Being

     Parents applying for childhood SSI benefits are often confused by how the Social Security Administration evaluates the claim. The SSA looks at the child's functioning in terms of six domains. This entry dealing with Health and Physical Well-Being is the sixth in a series discussing domains of function.  In this domain, SSA considers the cumulative physical effects of physical or mental impairments and their associated treatments or therapies on a child's functioning that were not considered in other domains.  When the physical impairment(s), mental impairment(s), or combination of physical and mental impairments has physical effects that cause "extreme" limitation in functioning, the child will generally have an impairment(s) that "meets" or "medically equals" a listing.

Childhood SSI and the Domain of Caring for Yourself

     Parents applying for childhood SSI benefits are often confused by how the Social Security Administration evaluates the claim. The SSA looks at the child's functioning in terms of six domains. This entry deals with Caring for Yourself and is the fifth in a series discussing domains of function. In this domain, SSA considers how well someone maintains a healthy emotional and physical state, including how well she gets her physical and emotional wants and needs to be met in appropriate ways; coping with stress and changes in the environment; and whether she takes care of her own health, possessions, and living area.

Childhood SSI and Interacting and Relating to Others

     Parents applying for childhood SSI benefits are often confused by how the Social Security Administration evaluates the claim. The SSA looks at the child's functioning in terms of six domains.  This entry dealing with Interacting and Relating with Others is the third in a series discussing domains of function.  

Childhood SSI and Domain of Acquiring and Using Information

     Parents applying for childhood SSI benefits for their child are often confused by how the Social Security Administration evaluates and decides the claim.  This blog entry will be the first part of a series talking about "domains of functioning." A child has to have an impairment or combination of impairments that meets or equals an impairment listed in the regulations.  If an impairment does not "meet" a listed impairment, disability may be established if the child's impairment is medically or functionally equivalent.

Childhood SSI Benefits Due to Growth Impairment

     SSI benefits may be available for children suffering from a growth impairment. The growth impairment may be disabling itself or may be the result of another disease, condition, or injury. Childhood SSI claims are evaluated differently than adult claims for Social Security Disability or SSI. The requirements are actually more stringent. If the child is not working and has "severe" impairments, the Social Security Administration determines whether the claimant has an impairment or combination of impairments that meets or medically equals the criteria of a listing, or that functionally equals the listings. If the claimant has an impairment or combination of impairments that meets, medically equals or functionally equals the listings, and it has lasted or is expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months, he is presumed to be disabled. If not, the claimant is not disabled.

Childhood SSI for Cystic Fibrosis

     Children suffering from cystic fibrosis may be eligible for Childhood SSI benefits. Childhood SSI claims are evaluated differently than adult claims for Social Security Disability or SSI. The requirements are actually more stringent. The Social Security Administration determines whether the claimant has an impairment or combination of impairments that meets or medically equals the criteria of a listing, or that functionally equals the listings. To qualify for childhood SSI benefits due to cystic fibrosis, the following must be shown:

"Extreme" Limitations in Childhood SSI Cases

In childhood SSI claims, the claimant must show she has an impairment or combination of impairments that meets or equals an impairment listed in Subpart P, Appendix 1 of 20 C.F.R. Pt. 404. If a listing is not met, disability can  nonetheless be established if the impairment is medically or functionally equivalent by having "marked" limitations in two domains of functioning or "extreme" limitations in one domain of functioning.

"Marked" Limitations in Childhood SSI Claims

     In a childhood SSI claim, the claimant must show he has an impairment or combination of impairments that meets or equals an impairment listed in Subpart P, Appendix 1 of 20 C.F.R. Pt. 404. If a listing is not met, disability may nonetheless be established if the impairment is medically or functionally equivalent by having "marked" limitations in two domains of functioning or "extreme" limitations in one domain of functioning.

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