We provide a high-specialized specialized, skill-building approach in order to learn practical strategies and skills to compensate for these lagging skills. We offer both individual sessions as well as small groups for those who have participated in individual sessions.
Center for ADHD does not provide traditional “talk therapy” which as many families have learned is not an effective approach to address lagging skills prevalent in children, adolescents and young adults who present with ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, learning disabilities or higher-functioning autism.
We understand from a male perspective how to make the unique therapy a successful experience for boys and young men. We also work with girls and young women who present with ADHD and learning differences.
Parents are involved in their child’s treatment and take an active role in learning with their child.
Areas we frequently work on during our sessions include:
- Developing age-expected emotional regulation skills
- Improving behavior at home
- Developing cognitive flexibility (being less “black and white” in thought process)
- Learning how to differentiate between what’s a “small problem” or “big problem”
- Reducing compulsive video gaming/internet usage
- Managing social anxiety around similar-age peers
- Improving self-advocacy skills
- Developing perspective taking ability (understanding other’s thoughts and feelings and understanding how you come across to others)
- Improving self-image and self-confidence
- Cultivating and sustaining friendships
- Understanding context within social situations
Topics frequently addressed with parents include:
- Improving compliance and avoiding power struggles
- Helping your child to develop resiliency
- Improving executive function skills (going from being prompt-dependent to independent)
- Teaching children and teenagers how to engage in independent problem solving
- Setting realistic expectations at home
- Helping your child shift from a sense of entitlement towards a motivation to earn things
- Creating parameters around “screen time” usage in the home
- Understanding how to move your child away from being over-dependent to feeling empowered
- Managing your child’s emotional/behavioral dysregulation at home so family life is not revolving around your child’s moods and behaviors
- Communicating with your child about difficult/uncomfortable topics
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.
Ryan Wexelblatt, LSW, CAS
- Licensed Social Worker in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
- Received Social Thinking® Clinical Training Level 1 Certicate of Completion
- Extensive training in Executive Function Skill Development Strategies
- Certified Autism Specialist