Portland children suffering from neurological disorders may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits if they are able to submit documentation proving symptoms related to certain conditions, as detailed by the United States Social Security Administration. The precise nature of the documentation required differs depending on the condition in question.
Children with motor dysfunction may qualify for benefits. This dysfunction may be due to any neurological disorder, whether it be a static or progressive condition. This disorder can affect any part of the nervous system and can result in any type of impairment, such as tremor, sensory loss, weakness, lack of coordination, spams or athetosis. Such conditions must be substantiated by medical documentation, a detailed description of the impairment caused and how this impairment affects the child’s functioning.
Children with convulsive epilepsy must provide a detailed account of a typical epileptic episode. Applicants must also submit the results of a recent neurological examination, including any phenomena associated with their condition. A child is considered to have convulsive epilepsy if he or she experience at least one major daytime seizure per month despite ongoing treatment. The condition must also be diagnosed by a licensed physician.
Non-convulsive epilepsy must be substantiated by an EEG pattern as well as data regarding the frequency of seizures and the age at which the child began to experience them. Non-convulsive epilepsy is characterized in the same manner as convulsive epilepsy, but with less intense seizures. Infantile or Lennox-gastaut Myoclonic seizures must be substantiated in the same manner as non-convulsive epilepsy.
Source: Social Security Online, “Disability Evaluation Under Social Security – 111.00 Neurological – Childhood.”