Individual Social Thinking Instruction | Therapy - Center for ADHD

A practical, skill-building approach to treating ADHD, Asperger's & higher-verbal autism.

Ryan Wexelblatt, LSW, CAS

  • Licensed Social Worker in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
  • Certified Autism Specialist
  • Received Social Thinking® Clinical Training Level 1 Certicate of Completion

Children, adolescents and young adults who present with ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, social anxiety or higher-functioning autism need more from therapy than talking about their feelings or “putting out fires” as they arise.  They need a focused, skill building approach in order to learn practical strategies and skills to help them navigate life successfully. 

The individual Social Thinking instruction and therapy we provide is practical and concrete yet relaxed.   Parents take an active role in learning with their children.   

Areas we frequently work on during our sessions include:

  • Developing age-expected emotional regulation skills
  • 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
  • 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:

  • Helping your child to develop resiliency
  • Learning how to engage your child in collaborative 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 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.

Ryan Wexelblatt, Center Director has received a Social Thinking® Clinical Training Level 1 Certificate of Completion at the Social Thinking Clinic in San Jose, California.  Ryan is one of the few professionals in the Philadelphia area who has participated in this training.

Some of the areas covered in our sessions include the areas covered by Winner’s ILAUGH Model of Social Cognition® include:

Perspective Taking Ability: Understanding how you are perceived by others, understanding other’s thoughts, feelings, and intentions.

“Getting the Big Picture”: Understanding how to look at things as a whole rather than focusing on small details, how to figure out what’s happening in a particular place or situation.

Initiation: Understanding how to start and end conversations appropriately, asking for help or clarification.

Abstract/Inferential Language: Making sense of language that is non-direct, understanding slang, inferences, figures of speech, etc.

Humor and Human Relatedness: Learning how to use humor appropriately, understanding other people’s humor, how to relate and respond to other’s emotions.

Please contact us for a free phone consultation or to set up an appointment.