Mental Health & Disability Services

  • Cannot calm down
  • Extremely distractible
  • Cannot build or maintain a satisfactory relationship
  • Short or no attention span
  • Mood generally unhappy or depressed
  • Upset or confused by sounds
  • Anxiousness
  • Repetitive speech or behavior
  • Gets upset with movement or craves excessive movement
  • Upset or confused by various sights
  • Bothered by things touching skin
All of these behaviors occur in children at some time or another. When they occur, ask yourself the following questions:
• How long does the behavior last?
• How long has the behavior been occurring?
• How does the behavior compare with the behavior of other children of the same age?
• How do events in the home affect the behavior?
• How troublesome is the behavior?
• Is the behavior unacceptable for social or cultural reasons?
• Can the child’s inability to learn be explained by intellectual, sensory or health factors
If a child displays any of the behaviors described above, and the answers to the questions make you think that the behavior could be problematic, talk to your child’s Teacher, Child and Family Advocate or Family Educator for information on where to go for assistance. Remember it is always better to find out if what you are noticing is a possible roadblock to a child’s social-emotional growth and development.


Behaviors Which Indicate That A Child’s Social-Emotional Development May Be At Risk

  • Cannot play
  • Fights a lot
  • Very sad
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Fearful
  • Inappropriate responses to situations (for example laughs instead of cries)
  • Withdrawn
  • Extremely active
  • Inadequate toilet skills
  • Sudden behavior changes
  • Very accident prone
  • Destructive to self and/or others
  • Unusual behavior
  • Extremely immature

Child Abuse Reporting

Navajo Head Start staff and parents are trained annually on Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) Policy and Procedures. Early Head Start/Head Start employees are required by law to report suspected or known child abuse and neglected cases to the local Navajo Nation Social Services; Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD); local Law Enforcement agencies, and parents/guardians.

Daily Health Assessment is required by staff to do visual observation for any cuts, bruises and illness.