Children begin developing positive social skills at an early age, a process that will influence their relationships with others throughout their lives. Parents of children aged 6-17 years were asked if their children had never, rarely, sometimes, usually, or always exhibited each of the following behaviors in the past month: showed respect for teachers and neighbors; got along well with other children; tried to understand other people’s feelings; and tried to resolve conflict with classmates, family, or friends. Overall, 93.6 percent of children aged 6-17 years were reported to usually or always exhibit two or more of these social skills (data not shown).
Among children with emotional, behavioral, or developmental conditions, these social skills can be more challenging. Of children with at least one of these conditions, 79.3 percent usually or always exhibited two or more of the four skills. For children with one condition, 85.3 percent consistently demonstrated positive social skills, as did 73.1 percent of children with two conditions and 67.7 percent of children with three or more conditions. Among children without emotional, developmental, or behavioral conditions, 95.9 percent consistently demonstrated two of the four social skills.