What is Growth Impairments?
Definition of Growth Impairments
Growth iimpairments are most common in children. Growth impairments from a known source such as alcohol fetal syndrome, dwarfism, sickle cell, malnutrition, etc have all been recognized as disabilities. However, just because a child is smaller than average will not qualify according to the SSA. Often x-rays are required to examine children’s bone structure in regard to height and normal growth.
For this condition to be severe enough to meet the Social Security Administration's listing the claimant must have:
- Sustained fall in height of greater that 15 percentiles (known) and 25 percentiles (unknown). The SSA is most concerned with the change in the child’s height rather than the child’s actual percentile; OR
- Fall to height below the 3 rd percentile.