Can I get my 5 year old evaluated for ADHD, etc through Ssi?

Helena - posted on 05/01/2016 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I'm a single mom to my 5 year old. She's a very smart and intelligent little girl but when she has a problem her behavior is not so good, and sometimes it's so bad that I wish I never had any kids. I'm in the process of getting Ssi for myself because of my bad back pain and knees, and was wondering if I should try getting Ssi for her too at the same time. But my question is can I get her evaluated through an ssi doctor for ADHD, ADD, ODD, autism, etc and how?

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Ev - posted on 05/02/2016

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I agree with Sara E. on this. Also you would most likely have to have doctor's records indicating she had issues that would require her to be on SSI in the first place and you really need to check with a lawyer on that for children. She may or may not qualify for it.

Sarah - posted on 05/01/2016

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If you live in the US the whole eval can be done thru the public school system, no charge. Just request an eval thru the dept of special education.

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Sarah - posted on 05/02/2016

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Since my post was a ways back if you contact the Dept of Special Ed for the public school she would attend (even if she goes elsewhere like private school) they by law must perform a complete evaluation within 60 days. Good Luck!

Helena - posted on 05/02/2016

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You both are correct and I am in no way suggesting I nor my neighbor are qualified to slap any labels on my child. I was merely saying that her type of behavior isn't 'common' as Evelyn so put it. I was just saying that my neighbor saw the same traits in my daughter as she'd seen in her 2 kids who were later diagnosed with ADHD and /or ADD. Even our family doctor saw that her behavior was strange and suggested somewhere for me to go which is a ways getting there.

As for her sleeping, she sleeps for an 1 and a 1/2 at school, and her bedtime at night is 7:30. So I think she gets more than enough sleep including laying her down as a punishment, which she does not always fall asleep right away. After a few tantrums (sometimes) which that is normal, then it's off to bed.

I'm not going to argue with anyone about my child. I came here for help and you all have been helpful but please no more posts. I appreciate your time. Have a great day.

Dove - posted on 05/02/2016

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Your neighbor is not qualified to evaluate her... neither are you. Neither is the school (though they can certainly find the resources you need for a proper evaluation).

If she is taking a 2.5-3 hour nap when she gets in trouble... perhaps her behaviors stem from not getting enough sleep. I am certainly no professional and have no personal experience w/ ADHD, etc... but from all the parents I know who's kids have it... they don't sleep much at night and barely ever nap during the day...

You can not get SSI for your child w/out getting the proper people doing a proper evaluation... and even then it might not happen.

All children misbehave. You do not have to post exactly what she does if you are not comfortable doing so... but ALL children say and do 'bad' things... my own 8 year old son is a constant challenge. His 'only' diagnoses are anxiety and depression, but no one that knows him outside of our home would even guess he has any issues... cuz he saves it all for me and the home. ;)

Ev - posted on 05/02/2016

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This neighbor is not a professional that can evaluate your child. She is just a neighbor. You need the evaluation of a professional and the school can help you get that done. But until you get a real diagnosis of her issues no one will know for sure what those are.

Helena - posted on 05/02/2016

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Believe me it's not common. My neighbor can clearly see that she has ADHD or something else as I can, because she said that both of her kids (boy and girl) both had ADHD when they were kids. I can't say on here what all goes on but I know there's nothing normal about my daughter's behavior. It's not just at home, she's worse in pre k school. As a mother I know there's a deeper issue with my baby and it's nothing normal about her behavior.

Ev - posted on 05/02/2016

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Those are common actions of a child her age. She needs consistent consequences and rules about what she can touch, do, and say at home geared to her level of understanding.

Helena - posted on 05/02/2016

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I reassure her why she shouldn't do or say bad things, then time out if she does not comply.

Helena - posted on 05/02/2016

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When she acts like that I tell her not to and to sit down (cause most likely she's up messing with my things). If it gets too bad she goes up stairs then takes a 2-3 1/2 hour nap.

Dove - posted on 05/02/2016

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If you have concerns about her behavior... ask her regular doctor for a referral to a mental health professional (preferably one that specializes in children) for an evaluation.

What behaviors is she exhibiting that concern you and what have you tried to correct the behavior?

Ev - posted on 05/02/2016

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I will also add that it could be normal behavior that your daughter is portraying to you. What kinds of consequences do you use for her when she acts out like this?

Helena - posted on 05/02/2016

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Thank you both Sarah E. and Evelyn Witt. Your responses are very helpful, hoping and praying for the best outcome.

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