The short answer to this question is absolutely yes, but there are some issues that affect children that do not necessarily affect adults who are filing for disability. One difference with children is that they are only eligible for Supplemental Security Income unless they have an adult parent or guardian who is already receiving Social Security or Social Security Disability Insurance. The actual guardian of a disabled minor child will be assigned payee status, except in extreme family situations, and will be responsible for assembling the information necessary to begin a claim.
Minor children can be awarded SSI for a variety of medical conditions. There is no particular list of automatic disabilities, as each case is evaluated at the state level on an individual basis. There are qualification rules in some instances, and having an experienced and effective legal representative can be crucial to obtaining a disability ruling, even for one year. All medical issues should be addressed for any minor child benefit filing, and all medical claims should be supported by a physician report concerning diagnosis and prognosis. Your doctor will be the primary testimony for your case, which is done in a private deposition to the state Department of Disability Determinations.
The physician prognosis is equally as important as diagnosis because SSI is awarded based the amount of time a disability will continue, with the minimum time period being one year. Cases involving disabilities lasting longer than one year are still evaluated annually, and having a disability attorney who is familiar with the case can be very important for establishment or seamless continuance of benefits. Disability benefits for children can be called into question easily when the medical condition is borderline with potential for medical improvement. Some disorders that children experience while young can be resolved naturally as they age, but the child is still qualified as disabled while in development.
Minors can also be awarded SSI based certain mental disorders also. It is important to remember that teenagers are still minors and suffer with disabilities just like those under 12 years of age. Many times these types of mental disorders with teens are more difficult to prove to the SSA, and having a solid legal professional representing your case who has a proven track record of helping minor children win disability claims can make a difference is obtaining a quick ruling, even after an initial claim denial. Never accept the first administration denial ruling without having the case evaluated by a childhood disability attorney.