Your doctor can give his opinion on whether she/he believes your child is disabled and eligible for SSI, but this is not decisive. Your doctor’s opinion must be supported by his/her treatment records of your child. The opinion must be consistent with the other medical records found in your child’s file. Doctors often write: “I believe this child is disabled.” While this sounds good, it really does not help in a child SSI case.

Doctors can help children applying for SSI the most by discussing why the child’s health problems render him/her disabled; what kind of physical and mental restrictions your child has from their health issues and what type of treatments your doctor has tried for your child. If your doctor says your child is disabled, it may help your child’s SSI case, but only if it is properly supported by the rest of the medical records.