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 Kids aren’t born with social skills, just like they’re not born knowing how to tie their shoes or feed themselves. They have to learn them.

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Sports Social Skills

The six skills below will help your athlete show up ready to be the best player and teammate​ they can be!​

Social Skills for Building and Maintaining Friendships

These social skills will teach your child things like how to communicate honestly, disagree appropriately and how to respond to others’ feelings.​

Ten Social Skills Your Child Needs to Know

Whether you’re just introducing social skills to your child or you’d like to refresh and fine-tune, Boys Town can help you teach these skills.

Social Skills for Autism

Teaching appropriate social skills is an integral part of effective autism intervention.

Social Skills Every Student Should Know

​​Every parent wants their children to succeed in school. Yet many children come up short academically for a variety of reasons.

Parenting Tools for Home

Our parenting content is built on the research-proven Boys Town Model® and is written by a team of child behavior experts.

As a parent, you are their primary and most important teacher. You have to teach these skills over and over, practice them with your child constantly and make sure he or she is both old enough and developmentally ready to learn them. And teaching involves more than just telling a child what to do – it also means demonstrating and modeling the skills until the child knows how, when, where and why to use them. 

At Boys Town, we’ve spent 100 years developing the best ways to help kids learn, grow and succeed. Decades of research show that our skill-based teaching approach is highly effective in preparing kids for the real-life situations they’ll face and helping them succeed at home, in school and as a productive adult. It’s an approach we greatly encourage families to adapt with their own children because we know it works. Following instructions. Disagreeing appropriately. Accepting “No” for an answer. Kids need all of these basic skills and many others to become good people, and someday, good employees, good bosses, good parents and good citizens. The game of life is both challenging and rewarding. Teach your children the social skills they need to succeed, and practice, practice, practice!

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