If you are trying to get your child on Social Security Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you already know you the basic disability evidence a children’s disability case absolutely must have.
However, if you think that will be enough to win your child his or her disability benefits, you may be looking at a Social Security denial in a few months.
Fortunately, you can supplement the core disability evidence with these 5 commonly overlooked types of children’s disability evidence:
- Disciplinary reports.
- Office notes.
- Write ups.
- Teachers notes.
- Detention or suspension notices and letter.
And here are some of the behavior problems you want to highlight in these records:
- Talking out of turn
- Not following instructions
- Not sitting down
- Being disruptive
- Throwing things
These documents are an important source of independent evidence about the child’s problems at school.
“Independent evidence” is key. Social Security looks for corroboration of the problems the family will tell them about. Reports from teachers, counselors, administrators, coaches, can be extremely valuable in proving the type and severity of the child’s problems.
Unfortunately, based on my experience in Colorado, a lot of schools do not keep these write-ups in the student’s permanent file.
So, if you do not hold on to these documents, they may not be available when you are trying to prove your child’s disability claim.