Children with Asperger’s Syndrome generally have developmental disorders which may make it more difficult for them to socialize or interact with others appropriately. Asperger’s Syndrome is generally grouped with other autistic disorders and is evaluated by the Social Security Administration under the pervasive developmental disorders.
Symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome
Children with Asperger’s Syndrome are generally on the mild end of the autistic spectrum but can engage in the following types of behaviors:
- Narrowed and focused view of topics
- Lack of verbal communication
- Awkward body movements or gestures
- Inability to empathize with others
- Inability to read other’s nonverbal cues
- Monotonous tone or speech
- Poor coordination
Asperger’s Syndrome may result in slow physical and social development. Lack of social interaction can extend into adulthood as individuals have an increased incidence of depression and other mental disorders.
Meeting a Listing for Asperger’s Syndrome
The Social Security Administration maintains a listing of all the conditions they find automatically disabling for children. Asperger’s Syndrome is evaluated under 112.00 Mental Disorders, Section 112.10 for Autistic Disorders and Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders.
According to the Social Security Administration, to meet this listing a child must have a condition which is “characterized by qualitative deficits in the development of reciprocal social interaction in the development of verbal and nonverbal communication skills and in imaginative activity.” The child with severe Asperger’s Syndrome would also have very restricted activities and interests.
The Social Security Administration would look for, “medical evidence of deficits in the development of reciprocal social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication in imaginative activity, and markedly restricted repertoire of activities and interests.”
Comparisons in development for gross or fine motor development and cognitive/communicative functions are made with the child’s peer group to determine if the child is developmentally behind.
Does my child qualify for Supplemental Security Income according to the Social Security Administration?
Parents often wonder why their child does not qualify for Supplemental Security Income when they are clearly disabled or developmentally behind their peers. One reason many claimants are denied Supplemental Security Income is because their family does not meet the income and resource requirements of the SSI program.
Supplemental Security Income is only for families with VERY limited income and resources. If your child has severe Asperger’s Syndrome and meets the listing outlined above but your family does not meet the income and resource limitations, they will be denied SSI benefits. If your family makes too much money, your child will be denied Supplemental Security Income benefits, regardless of the severity of their condition.
If your child does not qualify when they are under the age of 18, it may be possible for them to qualify as an adult when they move away from home and no longer are supported by their parents. The qualifications for an adult with Asperger’s Syndrome are a bit different than that of a child. Claimants will not have to prove they are severely developmentally delayed or behind their peers, but instead, must prove that their condition is so severe they cannot work for at least 12 continuous months.
- Pervasive development disorder and SSDI benefits (disabilitybenefitshome.com)
- Supplemental Security Income – Can my child qualify? (disabilitybenefitshome.com)