Therapy | Executive Function Coaching - 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
  • Extensive Training in Executive Function Skill Development Strategies

Children, adolescents and adults who present with ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, learning disabilities 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 therapy and executive function coaching we provide is about teaching strategies to improve lagging skills that are common in people diagnosed with ADHD, Asperger’s, learning disabilities and higher-verbal autism.   

We understand from a male perspective how to make therapy a successful experience for boys and young men, many of whom have had negative experiences in therapy.   We also work with girls and young women who present with ADHD and learning differences. 

Parents find our approach to therapy to be a more effective use of their time and financial resources than traditional talk therapy.   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.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.

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