The capacity to communicate is a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs, or behavior.
Children who are capable communicators are able to clearly express their needs and wants. They are able to engage with others in a meaningful dialogue. Good communication includes listening, questioning, understanding, and responding to what is being communicated.
Communication is not just about the words that people use, but also the manner of speaking, body language, and the effectiveness with which we listen. Listening with all our senses makes people feel valued and involved. Communication skills include knowledge of verbal etiquette. Social interactions require us to offer an appropriate greeting, respond politely when some asks a question or gives a gift, say “thank you” when someone compliments us, and “please” when we ask someone else to do us a favor.