Therapy | Social Skills Programs for Boys | Executive Function Coaching
Offices in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania & Linwood, New Jersey
Ryan Wexelblatt, LCSW- Director
Parents often report during our initial phone call that their to us that their son has been in social skills groups but did not seem to benefit from them. This is understandable as most social skills groups use a “one size fits all” approach where students are grouped together regardless of their particular social learning needs or cognitive profile. In these groups they often learn scripted behaviors and overly formal etiquette that are not natural to the way boys communicate with each other.
What is most significant is that social skills groups do not teach boys how to naturally relate with their similar-age male peers. The majority of people who teach social skills are women who (understandably) never experienced being part of a male peer group as a child or teenager.
As the only social skills programs in the United States that are designed specifically for boys diagnosed with ADHD or learning disabilities and taught from a male perspective we teach boys how to authentically relate and connect with their similar-age male peers.
Improving social competency and self-confidence develops from learning how to successfully be part of a male peer group and understanding the give and take required in male friendships. Families comes to us from throughout the area because of our highly skilled approach to working specifically with boys and young men.
Common social characteristics of the individuals who come to our social skills programs:
At Center for ADHD our programs are based on the Social Thinking® methodology. Pioneered by world renowned expert Michelle Garcia Winner, Social Thinking builds the fundamental skills that we all need to function socially, such as perspective-taking, reading nonverbal cues and learning how to be cognitively flexible.
Ryan Wexelblatt, Center for ADHD Director has completed more training in using the Social Thinking methodology than any social skills provider throughout the Philadelphia area and Southern New Jersey. He received a Social Thinking® Clinical Training Level 1 Certificate of Completion and applies the framework to our different programs.
Some of the skills we cover include:
– Understanding how you come across to others and understanding others’ thoughts, feelings and intentions
– Learning how to show an interest in others
– Developing situational awareness (reading a room)
– Learning how to ‘go with the flow’ for the sake of others
– Managing social anxiety around similar-age peers
– Moving friendships beyond “lunch table friends” to outside of school friends -Unlearning “social skills” that sound awkward to similar-age boys and learning natural sounding male-male social communication
Please note that while we evaluate all prospective students on a case by case basis, our social skills programs are not designed for individuals with an autism diagnosis.
Our current social skills programs for boys
If you are new to Center for ADHD please contact us to set up an intake evaluation. We look forward to getting to know your family.
Almost every family we work with has reported that traditional “talk therapy”, counseling, etc. is not an effective intervention for children and adolescents diagnosed with ADHD, Asperger’s, learning disabilities and related challenges.
Center for ADHD provides a high-specialized specialized, skill-building approach in order to learn practical strategies and skills to compensate for lagging skills found in these profiles. We offer both individual sessions as well as small groups. Parents are always involved in learning with their children.
We understand from a male perspective how to make therapy an enjoyable and successful experience for boys and young men who may have any aversion to participating in therapy based on their past experiences.
Areas we frequently work on during our sessions include:
Topics frequently addressed with parents include:
Our individual social skills instruction is based on the Social Thinking methodology. Social Thinking®, a methodology developed by Michelle Garcia Winner is designed for individuals with average to above average cognitive ability. This groundbreaking methodology involves teaching the “why” behind social communication so individuals can learn how to think in a social context and apply skills relevant to the situation.
Therapy is provided by Ryan Wexelblatt, Center Director. Please contact us for a free phone consultation or to set up an appointment.
Executive functioning goes much deeper than academic organization however IEPs and 504 put supports in place that enable a student’s dependence on adults rather than teach them how to be an independent learner.
Executive functioning is widely misunderstood and frequently is misperceived as behavior issues in students diagnosed with ADHD, learning disabilities and related challenges.
Individuals diagnosed with ADHD, Asperger’s, learning differences or higher-verbal autism typically present with a 2-3 year delay in their executive functioning. Those who have constantly been prompted by parents or teachers may have an even further gap between their chronological age and executive functioning skills.
Our approach to teaching executive functioning isn’t about just telling students what to do, it’s getting to the root of executive functioning weaknesses and building skills that have not developed naturally.
We teach students as well as young adults user-friendly specific skills and strategies which include:
Executive Function Coaching is done in individual sessions with Ryan Wexelblatt, Center for ADHD Director.
Please contact us to learn more about how we can help your child develop their executive functioning and make life at home more manageable for everyone.
Ryan Wexelblatt believes that with dynamic, engaging, and practical education and therapy children and young people can learn critical skills they need to be successful.
He founded the Center for ADHD to bring that vision to life. For nearly 20 years, Ryan has dedicated himself to working with students with social learning challenges often associated with ADHD, learning disabilities, Asperger’s Syndrome, and higher-verbal autism spectrum diagnoses.
Previously, he worked as a Clinician at Hill Top Preparatory School and Y.A.L.E. School Cherry Hill and Philadelphia campuses. He also created and directed social learning programs including Hill Top Summer Camp, Camp Sequoia, and Sequoia Kids Program. He is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Temple University.
He’s also one of the few professionals in the Philadelphia and South Jersey areas to have earned a Social Thinking® Clinical Training Level 1 Certificate of Completion. Ryan is a licensed Social Worker in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and a certified New Jersey School Social Worker.
Well known in the Philadelphia area ADHD and Asperger’s communities, Ryan has presented to parent groups throughout the Northeast including CHADD (Children and Adults with ADHD). He has presented to peers and colleagues at the Florida Statewide Autism Conference, Gwynedd Mercy Autism Conference, the Pennsylvania Secondary Transition Conference and the American Camp Association Tri-State Conference. His national speaking engagements include the International Conference on ADHD, the Social Thinking® Global Providers Conference, and the Autism Society National Conference. Ryan is known for his authentic, affable presentation style.
Ryan regularly presents at parent support groups as well as local, regional and national conferences. Please go to upcoming presentations for a list of Ryan’s upcoming speaking engagements or visit past presentations to see his speaking engagements from the past year.
Originally from Lower Merion, Pennsylvania Ryan serves on the professional advisory board of the BuxMont CHADD chapter. He and his son, Austin, who attends vocational school for carpentry, live with their dog Sasha, a Bergamasco.