Activities Outside of School
For school-aged children, participation in activities—such as sports teams, lessons, Scouts, religious groups, or Boys’ or Girls’ Clubs—after school or on the weekends can be an important part of overall development and can provide enrichment and contribute to the development of social skills. Parents of children aged 6-17 years were asked if their children had participated in any of these types of activities in the past year. Overall, 80.7 percent of school-aged children participated in at least one organized activity outside of school (data not shown).
Despite the social and behavioral challenges that children with mental health problems face, they were nearly as likely as children as a whole to participate in activities outside of school. A total of 72.2 percent of children with at least one emotional, behavioral, or developmental condition participated in organized activities. While this percentage is lower for children with multiple conditions, even among children with three or more conditions, more than half (60.8 percent) participated in activities outside of school. Among children without emotional, developmental, or behavioral conditions, this percentage was 82.0.