What are your fees?
The fee for individual sessions is $120.00 per 55-minute session. The fee for an assessment which is required to participate in our programs is $120.00 which includes a review of testing reports, etc. in advance. The fee for Social Thinking Groups and Lego Social Thinking groups is $70 per session. Tuition for social skills programs vary by program. Payment is due at the time of service and can be made by cash, check or Venmo. Please note that Center for ADHD does not accept credit card payment.
Do you accept insurance?
Center for ADHD is considered an out-of-network provider thus we do not accept or file insurance claims. We can provide you with an invoice you can submit to your insurance provider. Please check with your insurance provider about their out-of-network benefits for mental health. Services will be billed as “therapy” or “group therapy”.
Why do you require an assessment with new students before they can start in your groups or social skills programs?
Any students who join our groups or programs are given the Social Thinking Dynamic Assessment in order for us to pinpoint their specific social learning needs. Parents are present during this assessment. Additionally, we review any records parents provide prior to our meeting.
Center for ADHD does not utilize a “one size fits all” approach meaning we do not just group students together by age or diagnostic label. We are very careful about grouping students together who share similar cognitive profiles and social learning needs.
There seems to be a lot of social skills groups in the area. What makes you unique?
Our level of training and experience. As one of the only clinicians in the Philadelphia area and Southern New Jersey to have attended the Social Thinking Clinical Training program at the Social Thinking Clinic in San Jose, California Ryan has used Social Thinking since 2011 with great results. He received a Social Thinking® Clinical Training Level 1 Certificate of Completion.
If you ask the students who attend our social skills programs what makes us different they will most likely tell you that our groups are enjoyable because we do not sit around a table and talk about social skills or practice scripted behaviors, we create a fun, relaxed learning environment so students are receptive to learning.
We understand from first-hand experience the nuances of male-male communication and friendships, how to successfully be part of a male peer group and all of the “hidden rules” that exist when boys and young men spend time together.
Center for ADHD is the only practice in the Philadelphia area and Atlantic County, NJ that focuses on the ADHD population which is what draws many families to us, as well as the fact that we focus on helping people who may not have any formal diagnosis yet present with social learning needs.
Social Thinking is a methodology created by world-renowned expert Michelle Garcia Winner. Learn more about Social Thinking.
How soon can we expect results?
It is very important to note that within the realm of building social, self-regulation and executive functioning skills there are no quick fixes. The work we do involves teaching skills that people with social learning challenges do not develop intuitively. This is a significant amount of depth to this learning process. With consistency, results will come slowly but steadily.
Our son has both social and executive functioning needs? Can you address both simultaneously? We’ve spent way too much time and money going from therapist to therapist over the years and really haven’t seen improvement in either area.
Social skills and executive functioning needs are learning issues, not mental health issues which is why traditional “talk therapy” is often ineffective with the population we work with. It is also why many families come to us after spending years in traditional therapy, social skills groups, etc. During our first meeting we will discuss how to prioritize our treatment goals.
We tried social skills group in the past however our son did not generalize what he was taught and the other students in the group appeared to have more significant challenges than our son. He desperately needs the help but doesn’t want a repeat of his past experience. What can I tell him about your programs?
You can tell him that this will be a very different experience from other social skills groups he’s attended because we approach “teaching social” very differently. Whether it’s a small group that we hold during the week or our How to Hang Out Programs we make our small groups and social skills programs are dynamic and fun. We often find that our programs are the first time many participants felt comfortable sharing their feelings about their social learning challenges or social anxiety with other boys. Many boys participate in our programs throughout the year because they enjoy the camaraderie of being with similar-age peers who “get them”.
We’ve been through a number of therapists, social skills groups and behavior support providers over the years. None of these interventions seemed to produce any tangible results. At this point we’re very skeptical of starting with anyone new. What makes your services different from what psychologists, therapists or other social skills groups provide?
We find that many families come to us with a healthy amount of skepticism after they have spent (often years) working with clinicians or agencies who do not possess any specialized training or experience in treating ADHD and related challenges. Given our very narrow specialization in treating ADHD, Asperger’s, learning differences and higher-verbal ASD our approach to treatment is about building practical skills and strategies that do not develop intuitively in people with ADHD and related challenges.
Our 19-year-old daughter diagnosed with ADHD and Asperger’s went away to college this year. She quickly fell apart and came home in November. We are not sure if she has the ability to return to college right now. Do you think you can help her?
We work with many students her age who are not able to remain at college during their freshman year due to their social and executive functioning challenges. Our work will include both individual sessions and family sessions to help you learn how to help her improve her executive functioning and age-expected level of independence.
Our son with ADHD went to a social skills summer camp last summer and found it boring because it wasn’t active enough and the other campers needed much more support than he did. How is your Summer Travel Camp and School Vacation Camp different than the social skills camps in the area?
First and foremost our Summer Travel Camp is an active, nonacademic program. We are not a special needs camp. Rather, we are a summer camp designed to help boys improve their executive functioning, independence, and social competency. We do not play video games, go on computers or sit around in social skills groups at Summer Travel Camp We are the only summer camp program in the Philadelphia area that focuses on building executive functioning and age-expected independent skills. Please visit our Summer Travel Camp website or School Vacation Camp page for more information.
Our 17-year-old has been socially inappropriate with girls on social media. Can you help him to learn how to be appropriate and read social cues when girls aren’t interested in him?
Yes, and it’s very important he learns this information as his actions can be misperceived. Teenagers with neurodevelopmental differences have the same hormones and interests as their typically developing peers. They need to be taught how to manage their feelings appropriately, respect others boundaries and be safe when using social media. The work we do in this area is based on providing age-appropriate information within a social learning context. We work with parents so they learn how to convey their values around these topics.
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