Anon 2:37....That's not always true, my son was approved for SSI the first time we applied on his behalf. When filling out the SSI paperwork, it was obvious how much his disabilities are impacting his life, including his ability to learn & function independently.
To the OP: Typically, a child with ADHD will not qualify for SSI unless the impact of the disorder is quite severe & greatly impacts the child's ability to learn & function in daily life. Most children with an ADHD diagnosis do well enough on medication and/or with other therapies that their disability does not significantly impact their life, which is why they often do not qualify. Also, even if your child qualifies based on disability, your family must qualify based on income, so if you don't qualify on both counts, then your child will be denied SSI benefits.
at 9:32 AM on Mar. 11, 2009