SSI and how to begin applying

Christina - posted on 08/30/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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HI,
I hope someone can point me in the right direction. I want to try and get SSI benefits for my 2 boys and am not sure how to go about it. Any information would be helpful.
Have a wonderful day,
Christina

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Samantha - posted on 09/07/2013

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Applying for your child with any type of disability is an intense process. Please do not think for one second you will be able to walk in the doors of the Social Security Administration office fill out papers and they will approve your child. You have to have all your i's dotted and t's crossed. Meaning there is a lot more to the process than just filling out the papers and saying your child has a disability. The examiners will want proof and more proof and proof again that your child has a disability and it will affect him/her for the rest of their life. Also, remember your income will play a huge factor into whether or not your child will be approved for SSI benefits. My friend and I have a book out about the process called How to Win SSI Benefits for a child with PDD-NOS it is available on Kindle and NOOK. You will need a good doctor/psychologist/psychiatrist who knows exactly what they are doing when they fill out their portion of the paperwork. You yourself need to be able to answer the questions in full detail and if you have to use more than the allowed room to answer the questions. Be prepared to take your child to the doctor's the SSI administration will send you to. Some people are blessed to breeze through the process but then there are others who the fight will seem long and hard. Don't think you need a lawyer right away either, there are things "you" will have to do on your own before a lawyer can do anything, but a lawyer will have you think otherwise. Please feel free to leave us a message on our blog site. We will try to answer questions based on our experience with the process. Prayers be with everyone going through difficult times. Samantha

Alison - posted on 08/31/2009

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Ashley's right. Before you apply make sure you have as much information/documentation as you can. After filling the paperwork out they'll schedule a psychologist/psychaitrist to assess your child(ren). This is what they did to me, before I had plenty of documentation. How old are your boys? If you need extra evaluations try Child Find or Infants and Toddlers

Ashley - posted on 08/31/2009

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go to your local social security office and ask them for the paperwork. be prepared to have stuff from your doctor with the diagnosis on it, stuff from psychologists, and stuff from school like a IEP that says their disability.

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