The problem with most social skills groups is that they teach scripted, socially appropriate behaviors or overly formal etiquette that is not natural to the way boys communicate with each other. Some groups utilize a “one size fits all” approach meaning that students are grouped together simply by age, regardless of their cognitive ability or social learning needs. What is most significant is the fact that the social skills groups do not teach boys how to authentically relate to their similar-age male peers.
As the only social skills programs that are designed specifically for boys and taught by males we teach boys how to genuinely relate and connect with their similar-age male peers. We believe that improving social competency and self-confidence develops from learning how to successfully be part of a male peer group and understanding the give and take required in male friendships. This is why we focus on teaching relatability from a male perspective. Families comes to us from throughout the area because of our highly skilled approach to working specifically with boys and young men.
Ryan Wexelblatt, Center for ADHD Director has completed more training in using the Social Thinking methodology than any social skills provider throughout the Philadelphia area and Southern New Jersey.
Common social characteristics of the individuals who come to our social skills programs:
- Relates better to younger children and adults than their similar-age peers
- Can be impulsive when around peers because of their desire for acceptance
- Appears to prefer video games/internet to socializing with peers
- Tries to control unstructured social/play situations or “police” other kids
- Have difficulty understanding how they come across to others
- Struggles with understanding other’s thoughts, feelings and intentions
- Tends to have one-sided conversations about topics of interest to them
- Has difficulty showing an interest in peers
- Avoids social situations with peers
- Has difficulty starting conversations with peers or entering groups
- Consistently seeks acceptance from peers who are not interested in them
- Does not socialize with peers outside of school or structured activities
- Had friends in elementary school but became more socially isolated upon entering middle school
- Has attended social skills groups where they were considered the “highest functioning member of the group
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.
At Center for ADHD 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 area and South Jersey to receive a Social Thinking® Clinical Training Level 1 Certificate of Completion and present at the 2017 Social Thinking Global Providers Conference founder Ryan Wexelblatt applies the framework to our different programs.
What We Do
In our weekday Social Thinking groups, Social Anxiety groups and in our social skills programs, we learn through doing while keeping it fun. We teach guys how to spend time with other guys in real life, without screen-based activities.
Our approach also teaches that everyone takes personal responsibility for cultivating and sustaining friendships. While the work we do is not diagnosis specific our programs are designed for boys who present with ADHD, learning disabilities and those who may not have a formal diagnosis but struggle socially with similar-age peers.
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 -Learning natural sounding social communication (aka not sounding like you walked out of a social skills group)
Our Current Social Learning Programs for Boys
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.