For many boys social skills don’t come naturally. Some have trouble recognizing social cues, while others initially make friends but struggle to keep them. Many more want friendships but anxiety stands in the way of success in social situations.
Social competency is not only about forming friendships. It’s a skill required to be successful when working as part of a group in school or even down the road in a profession. While many boys and young men turn to video games and computers as a replacement for friendships, most want nothing more than to feel a connection and a sense of belonging with other guys.
As guys and social educators, we get it. We routinely work with boys and young men (ages 7 and up) who could easily blend into a crowd of peers but struggle socially. We understand how to help them foster friendships with other guys. We come at it from the male perspective—not by talking about socializing but through experiences.
At Center for ADHD, the majority of our programs are based on the Social Thinking® methodology. Pioneered by world renowned expert Michelle Garcia Winner, Social Thinking builds the fundamental skills that we all need to function socially, such as perspective-taking, reading nonverbal cues and learning how to be cognitively flexible.
As one of the only social skills providers in the Philadelphia to receive a Social Thinking® Clinical Training Level 1 Certificate, founder Ryan Wexelblatt applies the framework to many different programs. While we work with students with various diagnoses, we design curricula that address the needs before the label.
What We Do
In our social skills programs, we learn through doing while keeping it fun. We play games, go into the community for activities, such as bowling, mini-golf, and pizza. We teach guys how to spend time with other guys in real life, without screen-based activities.
We find that guys can generalize these skills most effectively when in real social settings. Our approach also teaches that everyone takes personal responsibility for cultivating and sustaining friends.
Skills we cover include
– Understanding how you come across to others
– Learning how to show an interest in others
– Developing situational awareness (reading a room)
– Learning how to ‘go with the flow’ for the sake of others
– Managing social anxiety with same-age peers
– Moving friendships beyond “lunch table friends” to outside of school friends
Our Current Programs by age
Our recreational social skills programs for boys serves as supplements to our clinical services and are not a replacement for therapy/individual social skills instruction, Social Thinking groups or executive function coaching.
If you are new to Center for ADHD please contact us to set up an intake evaluation. We look forward to getting to know your family.