Can a Child with ADHD Receive Disability Benefits?

Person Under Mental TherapyAttention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a common mental disorder among children. It often occurs alongside other disabilities and could interfere with daily activities. But help is available for low-income families who have children living with attention deficit disorder.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health problem affecting around 5% of America’s children. It causes difficulty in concentrating and sitting still, difficulty completing school work or other tasks and impulsive behavior. The condition may be long-lasting and impact the person into adulthood, making it challenging for them to maintain employment or stay in a relationship.

ADHD is often present alongside other conditions like autism, Tourette syndrome, depression and anxiety and conduct problems.

The Impact of ADHD

Families with children who have ADHD may have higher insurance co-pays for therapies, spend more time dealing with problems in school and must spend longer helping the child with self-care and learning.  Parents of severely affected children may find it challenging to work full-time and are more likely to experience a marital breakdown.

Eligibility for SSI

Children with mild or moderate ADHD will not normally be able to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). If they have severe symptoms that impact daily life, they may fulfil the criteria. Social security disability benefits for children with ADHD requires that children exhibit the following behaviours:

1. They have hyperactivity and impulsive behavior;

2. Attention problems, difficulty concentrating on tasks;

3. Inability to stop movement or speech;

4. Significant learning disability.

In addition, the symptoms should cause extreme limitation, for example in completing tasks, interacting with others, understanding instructions and adapting to situations.

SSI is for families with low or no income, or for those parents whose income is partially counted in determining eligibility. If they have children who hold jobs, they cannot earn more than $1,180 per month.

Health professionals and teachers should provide the documents and papers the family needs to fulfill to receive SSI benefits.

ADHD and other related disorders are becoming more common, and they can have a significant impact on their lives. SSI can help families receive the therapies they need and help build a future for their children.