Forward-thinking programs and treatments for children (ages 7 & up), adolescents and young adults. 
Specialized, skill-building approach to treating ADHD, social anxiety, Asperger’s and higher-verbal autism spectrum diagnoses.
Center for ADHD will be moving to our new Bryn Mawr office in March!
Social Skills Programs | Therapy | Individual Social Skills Instruction | Executive Function Treatment | Summer Travel Program

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Ryan Wexelblatt, LSW, CAS – Director

Serving the Philadelphia area  

Summer Travel Program  is located in Lafayette Hill, PA.

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Current Programs

Please click on the program page below for more information.   

How to Hang Out

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Social Anxiety Group for Boys Ages 13-15

Safe, Smart and Social

COMING SUMMER 2017: Summer Travel Program for Boys Ages 12-15

In order to participate in Center for ADHD programs an intake assessment is required. The fee for an assessment is $80.00 which includes a 45-minute appointment as well as review of records. The intake assessment includes:

  • (In advance) Review of most recent neuropsychological evaluation or school evaluation provided in advance as well as IEP/504 plan, etc.
  • Portions of the Social Thinking Dynamic Assessment®
  • Discussion with parents/caregivers about the student’s strengths, social, self-regulation and executive functioning difficulties.  
  • Treatment recommendations

 

 

School Age Programs

Our programs are dynamic, practical and most importantly they’re fun. We offer specific programs for middle school and high school students as well as our Summer Travel Program for boys ages 12-15.

What initially draws people to Center for ADHD is our skill based approach to treating ADHD, social anxiety, Asperger’s and Higher-verbal ASD as well as our depth of experience working with students who present with learning differences.

People often hear about us because of our unique social skills programs.   We believe that boys can most effectively learn to improve their social skills, cultivate friendships and learn how to be part of a peer group by learning from other males. To our knowledge we are the only social skills providers in the United States that are co-facilitated by two men.

Unlike most social skills group we do not sit around a table practicing scripted, socially appropriate behaviors.  We teach boys how to think in a social context so they can develop genuine friendships with similar-age boys.  Additionally, we teach self-regulation skills, how to “go with the flow”, use humor appropriately and strategies to manage social anxiety.  We teach experientially so that skills can be generalized in real life settings.

Often, we find that boys who have participated in other social skills groups are taught social communication skills that are not natural ways boys communicate with each other. Recognizing this problem Ryan Wexelblatt, Center Director created a presentation called “Teaching Guys to Communicate Like Guys” which was accepted for presentation at the 2016 Social Thinking Global Providers Conference. 

Parents see results from our groups and more importantly they see their sons have a good time and feel connected to other boys their age which is why many participate in our programs year-round.

In order to participate in Center for ADHD’s middle or high school programs an intake assessment is required. The fee for an assessment is $80.00 which includes a 45-minute appointment as well as review of records. The intake assessment includes:

  • Review of most recent neuropsychological evaluation or school evaluation provided in advance as well as IEP/504 plan, etc.
  • Portions of the Informal Social Thinking Dynamic Assessment®
  • Discussion with parents/caregivers about the student’s strengths, social, self-regulation and executive functioning difficulties.  
  • Treatment recommendations

Please contact us to set up an intake in order for your child to participate in our programs. 

Meet Ryan

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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 differences often associated with ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, and higher-verbal autism spectrum diagnoses.

Ryan works as a Clinician at Y.A.L.E. School Philadelphia campus where he provides individual counseling and teaches skill development to students in grades 1 through 8. Previously, he worked as a Clinician at Hill Top Preparatory School and Y.A.L.E. School Cherry Hill campus.   He also created social learning programs including Hill Top Summer Camp, Camp Sequoia, and Sequoia Kids Program. In addition to a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work, Ryan holds a professional designation as a Certified Autism Specialist™. 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.

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 Gwynedd Mercy Autism Conference, the Pennsylvania Community on Secondary Transition Conference, American Camp Association Tri-State Conference, and Jewish Learning Venture Inclusion Conference. His national speaking engagements include the National Sex Ed Conference, the Social Thinking® Global Providers Conference, and the Annual 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.

Ryan serves on the professional advisory board of the Elkins Park CHADD chapter.  Additionally, he is a parent speaker for the National Adoption Center.  He and his son, Austin, who attends vocational school for carpentry, live with their two dogs, Ace, a Boston Terrier, and Sasha, a Bergamasco.

 

View Ryan’s C.V.

Upcoming Presentations

Presentation dates are added as they are booked, please check back regularly or follow Ryan on social media (scroll down to see social media links in page footer). You can see some of Ryan’s past presentations on his C.V.

Ryan Wexelblatt’s Upcoming Presentations

November 10, 2016 CHADD Annual International Conference – Costa Mesa, California

December 9, 2016 Birnbaum JCC Special Needs Symposium-Bridgewater, New Jersey

January 21, 2017 CARD Conference- Orlando, Florida

March 27, 2017 Autism Society of America Webninar

April 1, 2017 Gwynedd Mercy Autism Conference- Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania

June 6, 2017 CHADD – Elkins Park, Pennsylvania

What We Do

Center for ADHD provides the following services:

The work we do is based on the following methodologies and curricula:

Ryan Wexelblatt, Center Director has completed more training in these methodologies than any clinician in the Philadelphia area. Additionally, he is credentialed as as Licensed Social Worker and Certified Autism Specialist™.

Our social skills programs and social anxiety groups for boy are educational and fun.  We do not sit in an office and just talk about social skills, we are active and do things boys enjoy.  Most boys return to participate in our various programs offered throughout the year.

Individual social skills instruction is ideal for those who need to understand the nuances of social interaction but do not fit into typical “one size fits all” social skills groups.   Those who struggle with social anxiety and are not ready to begin in a group do best when starting with individual social skills instruction.

The therapy we provide focuses on learning practical strategies to improve social competency, manage social anxiety, improve self-regulation skills, build resiliency and develop self-confidence.  Our practical approach is why people travel from throughout the Philadelphia area to work with us.

An intake assessment is required for all new families who are interested in participating in our program.  The fee for an assessment is $80.00 which includes a 45-minute appointment as well as (in advance) review of neuropsychological records, IEP/504 plan, etc.

Feel free to contact us, we’re happy to speak about how we can help you or your child.