If a child has a severe impairment(s) that does not meet or medically equal any listing, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will then look to see if the child functionally equals the listings. To functionally equal the listing, the child’s impairments must result in marked limitations in two domains, or extreme limitation in one domain.
The fourth domain used by SSA is called 5. Caring for Self. In this domain, SSA will focus on how well the child takes care of themselves, physically and mentally. As children age, they should become more independent with regards to making their own decisions. Children should be able to know the difference between what is right and wrong. They should understand what their physical and emotional needs are and how to control their thoughts and maintain their well-being.
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