Disability living allowance five minute mental health test for children

Step 1

Look through this list of some (but not all) of the activities that are relevant to DLA:

Step 2

Choose one of the activities above that your child has difficulties with.

For example, your child may have difficulties with walking outdoors in unfamiliar places because they do not clearly understand the danger from traffic; dressing and undressing because they forget what they are doing, get distracted or put clothes on back to front or in the wrong order; going to the toilet because they tend to hold in urine and faeces until they are extremely uncomfortable or sleeping because they have nightmares or sleepwalk.

Step 3

With your chosen activity in mind answer the following true or false questions If your child's condition is a variable one, so the answer is sometimes True and sometimes False then the answer is True. (We explain how to deal with fluctuating conditions in our downloadable guide).

My child can do it:

but only more slowly than other children of the same age True or False? but only with more help than other children of the same age True or False? but not as safely as other children of the same age True or False? but only by following a rigid routine True or False? but they need more encouragement than other children of the same age True or False? but they need a closer eye kept on them than other children of the same age True or False? or: my child can't do it, but other children of the same age can True or False?

Step 4

If you haven't answered True to any of the questions, try the test again with another activity from the list and so on, until you've found a statement that is true or decided that there aren't any.

Step 5

If the answer is True to any of those questions in relation to any activity then your child may be entitled to DLA. Whether they are actually eligible for Disability Living Allowance, and at what rate, will depend on how many activities they have problems with and which ones they are. Download a copy of the children's mental health guide for details of how to make a claim.  If the answer wasn’t true to any of the questions it doesn’t mean your child is definitely not eligible for Disability Living Allowance, you should try to get advice from one of the agencies listed in the Getting help section.

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