Do any of these describe your son?
- Relates better to younger children and adults than similar-age peers
- Has trouble recognizing how he comes across to others and understanding others’ thoughts, feelings and intentions
- Can act like the “class clown” when he doesn’t know what to do in social situations or is seeking attention from peers
- Has been in one or more social skills groups but did not seem to benefit
- Difficulty “reading” social cues or “reading a room”
- Appears to prefer video games/internet to socializing with peers
- Tries to control unstructured social/play situations or “police” other kids
- Tends to have one-sided conversations about topics of interest to him
- Has difficulty showing other boys he wants to be friends
- Reluctant to start conversations with similar-age peers or join groups
- Tends to be critical of boys who share his profile
- Lacks close friendships or a best friend
- Had friends in elementary school but became more socially isolated upon entering middle school
- Says his “friends’ are people he plays video games with online but knows little to nothing about them
We are the only provider of social skills groups/programs designed specifically for the ADHD population. Most social skills groups are designed for individuals with autism and utilize a “one size fits all” approach meaning students are grouped together by age, regardless of their social learning needs.
As the only social skills programs in the United States that are designed specifically for boys and taught from a male perspective we teach boys how to authentically relate and connect with their similar-age male peers. As many of the boys who attend our social skills programs can attest-most social skills instruction consists of teaching overly formal, scripted sounding communication that is not natural to the way boys communicate with each other.
Skills We Teach:
-Understanding how you come across to others and understanding others’ thoughts, feelings and intentions
-Developing flexibility in thinking
-Learning how to show an interest in others
-Maintaining reciprocal conversations
-Developing situational awareness (reading a room)
-Learning how to ‘go with the flow’ for the sake of others
-Managing social anxiety around similar-age peers
-Moving friendships beyond “lunch table friends” to outside of school friends -Unlearning “social skills” that sound awkward to similar-age boys and learning natural sounding male-male social communication
Our programs are based on the Social Thinking® methodology. What sets us apart from other social skills providers is our level of training and experience.
Ryan Wexelblatt, Center for ADHD/Ride the Wave Director has completed more training in using the Social Thinking methodology than any social skills provider throughout the Philadelphia area and Southern New Jersey. He received a Social Thinking® Clinical Training Level 1 Certificate of Completion and applies the framework to our different programs and presented at the 2017 Social Thinking Global Providers conference.
We carefully screen all participants who attend our programs to ensure the right fit.
Our current social skills programs for boys
Help your son develop his social competency so his peers can see what you see!