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Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN)

The mission of CSHCN is to assure quality health care and related services for children and youth with special needs and their families throughout the State of Utah.

Social and Emotional Development in Young Children

Baby in Blue T-shirtHealthy social and emotional development in children ages birth to 5 years sets the foundation for later school readiness and success, as well as positive relationships throughout life. Positive social and emotional development typically follows a common developmental path. Infants and young children learn to regulate emotions and soothe themselves, play and interact with other children and adults, and listen to and follow directions.

Early indicators of social and emotional concern in young children may include:
  • Feeding and/or sleeping difficulties
  • Inability to be consoled
  • Little ability to adapt to new situations
  • Flat affect
  • Withdrawn behavior and little interest in social interactions
  • Little or no language and/or communication skills
  • Regression of earlier achieved developmental skills
  • Aggressive or impulsive behavior

It is important for parents and caregivers to be aware of when a social and emotional concern is present in a young child, as well as have resources available to intervene and provide developmental support as early as possible. (National Conference of State Legislatures and Zero to Three)

Zika Virus

Up to date information on Zika Virus can be found at:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (
Utah Department of Health (

For Utah specific testing instructions regarding submission of diagnostic specimens for Zika virus testing refer to Submitting Diagnostic Specimens for Zika Virus Testing.

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