Coye Law Social Security - January 2019

Gaming With Your Kids Why You Should Pick up That Controller

inexhaustible list of games to choose from, and some are more child- friendly than others. At the very least, research the Entertainment Software Rating Board’s (ESRB) rating of a game to make sure its content is age-appropriate. When choosing a game, it’s a good idea to keep your child’s interests in mind. Do they enjoy creating things? Games like “Minecraft,” “Super Mario Maker,” and “Scribblenauts Remix” can act as a great sandbox for you and your child’s imaginations to run wild. Does your child love to solve puzzles? “Snail Bob 2,” “Snipperclips,” and “Portal 2” will have you and your child thinking outside the box for hours. Want to engage in a little friendly competition? “Mario Kart,” “FIFA,” and “Bam Fu” are all excellent choices. Going Beyond Screen Time Whether you pick up a controller yourself or just watch your children play games, the most supportive thing you can do as a parent is reinforce the skills they are learning. Understanding that the same creativity and determination that gets them to the end of a level can be applied in the real world is be a powerful thing for a child’s development.

Video games are present in an increasing number of American households. The Entertainment Software Association found that in 2018, 70 percent of parents reported that games were a positive activity in their children’s lives, and 67 percent even play alongside their child at least once a week. Some of you may already be regularly gaming with your kids, but for the rest of you, here are some things to keep in mind. Why Gaming Together Matters Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, and UC Berkeley have shown that video games can have many positive effects on a child, from encouraging critical thinking and social skills to imparting the value of perseverance. Beyond these life skills, video games can also be a way for you to better connect with your child. As game designer and New York Times bestselling author Jane McGonigal, Ph.D., writes, “Games make it easy to build stronger social bonds with our friends and family. Studies show that we like and trust someone better after we play a game with them — even if they beat us.” Find the Right Game Finding the right game to play with your child can be a challenge. Regardless of what platform your child plays on, there’s a nearly

The Timeline for Disability Benefits Why You Need to Act Fast and With a Purpose

want to receive benefits as soon as possible. We recommend filing your claim as soon as you are eligible to do so. Once submitted, it can take 3–5 months for the SSA to render a decision. In some instances, the SSA may request additional information from you or your doctor, prolonging the process. The best-case scenario is your claim will be approved and you’ll receive a Notice of Award in the mail. If that happens, you’ll start receiving benefits based on when your disability started. However, roughly two- thirds of claims are denied upon initial request. Should your claim be denied, you only have 60 days to appeal. The second your claim is denied, you need to act to preserve your right to an appeal. It’s essential that you call an experienced Social Security disability attorney as soon as possible to give your claim a fighting chance. If you’ve had a claim denied or simply need a hand navigating the process, call Coye Law Firm today at 407-871-3191.

When you are disabled and can’t work, your life changes in a hurry. You go from having a steady job one day to not knowing what to do the next. The law provides recompense for those who are disabled and unable to work through Social Security disability benefits. In theory, it’s a great system that cares for people in need of support. In practice, it’s a tangled mess of red tape. Understanding the timeline of the disability benefits application process will help you protect your rights and make sure your claim is heard. There are checks and balances in place to ensure that the Social Security Administration (SSA) only pays benefits to individuals with serious, demonstrable disabilities. If you miss a step, you can end up losing out on money that is rightfully yours. Disability benefits are only intended for those with long-term disabilities, so the SSA requires that an ailment persists for at least 5 months before an applicant can submit a claim. Such a long waiting period means you’ll probably


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