Welcome! I’m glad you found my practice, Center for ADHD. My name is Ryan Wexelblatt, I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who developed a practical, skill-building approach to working with kids and young adults diagnosed with ADHD, learning disabilities and Asperger’s. I work with kids and young adults ages 7-22 as well as their families.
While I started in the special education field almost 20 years ago upon graduating from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work I became interested in the fields of social learning and executive functioning because of my own son whom I adopted as an older child in 2006. While doing research to find him services in the area I came to the realization that traditional therapy and social skills groups would not address his areas of lagging social, emotional and executive functioning skills. As a result, I began learning all I could about these emerging fields. Over the past 11 years I’ve immersed myself in intensive learning, training and thinking “outside the box” which led me to open Center for ADHD.
In addition to Center for ADHD, I direct Summer Trip Camp, a nonacademic travel camp for boys ages 11-15 who need help improving their executive functioning, social and independent skills.
Based on feedback from many parents of boys I opened Ride the Wave Counseling, the first therapy practice in the Philadelphia area and South Jersey designed to provide individual and group counseling based on how males learn and communicate. Ride the Wave Counseling serves boys and young adults ages 7-22.
Feel free to contact me at 484-278-1088 so we can discuss what we can to do help your child develop the skills they need to be successful in life and teach you strategies to support them in their growth.
I look forward to connecting with you.
Ryan Wexelblatt, LCSW
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker
- Certified School Social Worker
- Certificate in Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Youth from the Beck Institute
- Received Social Thinking® Clinical Training Level 1 Certificate of Completion
- Extensive training in executive function skill development strategies
We are most known first and foremost throughout the Philadelphia area for our innovative approach to treating ADHD.
The boys and young adults we work with have many strengths, great qualities, and tremendous potential. They also have specific needs that are not effectively addressed by traditional therapy and require the highly specialized, skill-building approach we provide. We are unlike any therapy/counseling practice in South Jersey as we teach practical skills and strategies to compensate for lagging skills. We teach everyone we work with that ADHD is a description of how their brain works and not their identity.
Common characteristics of the individuals we work with:
- May be able to initially make friends but has trouble keeping them
- Appears awkward and has difficulty initiating conversations with similar-age peers
- Feels more comfortable communicating with younger people or adults than similar-age peers
- Spends most of his free time alone, playing video games or surfing the internet
- Tends to have one-sided conversations, talks at people about his interests
- Frequently interrupts others or says things impulsively, lacks a “filter”
- Can be inflexible, often says “No” to anything new
- Labels other kids with ADHD as “annoying” or “weird” despite the fact he acts like them
- Trouble understanding social cues and non-verbal communication (facial expressions and body language)
- Lacks understanding how they are perceived by others
- Has significant difficulty understanding other’s thoughts, feelings, and intentions
- Difficulty asking for help or self-advocating
- Tries to be part of a peer group who is not accepting of him
- Desires romantic relationships but does not understand how they develop
- Tends to use humor inappropriately in order to gain attention from peers
- Finds it easier to interact through electronic devices than in person
Executive Function Skills
- Has a hard time sensing the passage of time
- Difficulty managing self-care tasks without reminders (hygiene, sleep)
- Tremendous difficulty completing non-preferred tasks (avoids, procrastinates, etc.)
- Struggles during lunch/recess and other unstructured times at school
- Can be impulsive, does things without thinking about outcome or consequences
- Chronically disorganized, forgets or looses materials
- Under or over-estimates how long it will take to complete assignments
- Has a hard time recalling how they performed a task in the past
- Difficulty with future planning
- Has a hard time self-monitoring themselves and their schedule
- Becomes easily distracted and/or wastes time with trivial matters
- Focuses on small details and has a hard time getting the “bigger picture”
- Has a messy school backpack or carries around too much
- Completes homework but forgets to turn it in
Emotional Regulation Skills
- Easily becomes anxious or overwhelmed, particularly in new environments or situations
- Propensity to be inflexible and likes to be in control
- Perseverates on the negative and has trouble letting go of things that bother him/her
- Becomes anxious when there is change in routine or around transitions
- Has trouble differentiating between what is a “small problem” or “big problem”
- Does not express emotions in an age-expected manner
- Prone to “meltdowns” when having to do non-preferred tasks
- Does not understand how their tone of voice sounds to others
- Has difficulty with competition
- Low frustration tolerance
- (Children and teenagers) Can keep themselves regulated while at school but takes it out on parents after school
- (Children and teenagers) Can become physical when upset or angry then remorseful afterward
Your son’s social, emotional and executive functioning skills will not just improve with age, he needs to learn practical skills and strategies.
Every therapist we’ve tried had sat across from my son and asked him how he’s feeling week after week or tried creative ways to get him to open up. He hated going to therapy and was reluctant to come to you initially but felt comfortable as soon as he realized this wouldn’t be like his other experiences. I appreciate that your approach is very practical.
-Mother of a 13 year old
It took me a while to realize that my daughter’s executive functioning and emotional regulation difficulties were not being adequately addressed in school or in therapy. It’s a huge relief to have found someone who really gets how to address both. -Mother of an 8 year old
The transition to middle school has been really difficult. There’s many people on my son’s “team” between school, Behavior Specialist, Mobile Therapist, etc. but I don’t see us making progress. We need a different approach and he needs time to just be a kid. -Father of a 12 year old
We’ve spent a lot of time and money going to a social skills group that was recommended to us but I felt like what he was learning wasn’t how kids actually interact with each other. Glad we found someone who understands how to teach how boys socialize with each other. -Mother of a 14 year old
Families choose Center for ADHD because the services we provide are vastly different from typical therapy, social skills groups, executive function coaching or other interventions.
Families choose Center for ADHD because:
- The work we do is a welcome change from traditional counseling/therapy which as many families have learned is often not effective for treating ADHD, Asperger’s and related challenges. Our approach is about teaching practical skills and strategies to help improve lagging skill development in these diagnostic profiles.
- We are the only practice in the United States that specializes in teaching social skills to boys from a male perspective. We teach boys/young men how to be relatable to their similar-age male peers.
- We are the only practice in the country that designs social skills programs specifically for boys diagnosed with ADHD or learning disabilities. Most social skills groups are designed for individuals with autism.
- Our Summer Trip Camp is the only camp in the United States that addresses both social and executive function skills through an active, nonacademic program.
We work with individuals ages 7-22 (and their parents) who present with ADHD, learning differences, Asperger’s and related challenges. Please note that while we do work with girls our social skills programs/social anxiety treatment is for boys. Our offices are in Bryn Mawr, PA and Linwood, NJ.
Center for ADHD represents the portion of our practice that covers our treatment for ADHD, social skills programs, treatment for Asperger’s, executive function treatment and social anxiety treatment specific to ADHD or Asperger’s.
Ride the Wave Counseling represents our male-specific individual therapy, social anxiety treatment and counseling groups for boys. No diagnosis is needed to participate in Ride the Wave Counseling services.
The kids and young adults we work with have many strengths, great qualities, and tremendous potential. They also have specific needs that are not effectively addressed by traditional therapy, typical social skills groups, executive function coaching and require the specialized, skill-building approach we provide.
Please contact us for a free phone consultation or set up an appointment below. We look forward to meeting your family.