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Social and Emotional Needs of Children

child doing artworkYour child’s social and emotional development (mental health) — how he or she manages emotions and relates to others — is as important as physical health. Social and emotional development is not as obvious as physical health, but it’s vital for future success: in school and in life.

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Why it matters
Your child’s social and emotional development affects every part of his or her life. Children who develop good social and emotional skills:
  • make and keep friends
  • understand and express emotions
  • are ready for school
  • think clearly and learn new things
You can make a difference
Your love and attention are as important as food and a place to live. When you talk to and listen to your child, encourage him or her to make good friends and praise good behavior, you’re helping your child develop socially and emotionally.

How to Get Help
Get health information, developmental screenings and referrals from your pediatrician or family doctor. Call 311 for a doctor near you.

For mental health referrals and help for you and your child,
call 311 or LifeNet: 1-800-LIFENET (800-543-3638).