A new program, Children with Special Healthcare Needs (CSHCN), at TriCounty Health Department has held four clinics.

The clinics invite specialists that are eager to work with young children with special healthcare needs.

The clinics fill up fast, the need in the tri-county area is great for specialist fields like developmental pediatrics, audiology, speech pathology, physical therapy, pediatric psychology and occupational therapy which the CSHCN brings to our community 6 times a year.

There are hundreds of children that are served through this program. The specialists come to Vernal once every two months and work with children one-on-one for the specific needs of each child that has an appointment.

Appointments fill fast due to the great need in the Uintah Basin. In between clinics, Wes Smith, works closely with parents to provide local resources, and out of the area resources to help the children in need as well as acting like a liaison between parents, schools, primary physicians and early intervention services.

More information on this program will be provided at Women’s Day Out event held on Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Uintah Conference Center. Along with Children with Special Healthcare Needs, WIC will be providing a location for new moms to breastfeed in private, change diapers and learn about the benefits of WIC.

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