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 payments.
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”.
What makes you different than other therapists/psychologists/counselors, etc.?
Center for ADHD does not provide traditional “talk therapy”. Our approach is about teaching practical skills that are lagging in individuals who present with ADHD, learning disabilities, Asperger’s, higher-verbal autism as well as those who have no clear diagnosis but struggle with their social and executive functioning skills.
Families find our approach to be much more practical and useful than traditional therapy and is the reason why people come from throughout the Philadelphia area and Southern New Jersey to work with us. Kids appreciate our approach because it is informal yet concrete. We work with many children and adolescents who are resistant to treatment because of their previous experiences in therapy and social skills groups.
Do you work with girls/women?
Absolutely, only our social skills groups/programs are specifically for boys.
There seems to be a lot of social skills groups in the area. What makes you unique?
We are the only provider of social skills groups and programs designed for children and adolescents diagnosed with ADHD. Most social skills groups utilize a “one size fits all” approach meaning they group students together by age, regardless of their cognitive ability or specific learning needs. We only group students together who share similar cognitive profiles and have similar social learning needs.
The fact that we teach Social Thinking as it was intended to be taught as well as our level of training and experience also sets up apart. 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.
What draws many families to us is the fact that we understand from first-hand experience the nuances of male-male communication and friendships. We teach boys 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. Ryan presented on this topic at the 2017 Social Thinking Providers Conference in South San Francisco, CA.
How soon can we expect results?
It is very important to note that within the realm of building social 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. It requires patience on behalf of the parents. We are always happy to answer parent’s questions so they can help their children generalize skills we are teaching across various contexts.
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 groups/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 dynamic and fun. We often find that our group and 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”.
Our 17 year old needs a lot of help with executive functioning. What exactly do you do in these sessions?
Our work focuses on several areas including: learning how to feel the passage of time, planning ahead, persevering through non-preferred tasks/assignments and learning how to develop a process for completing tasks. You can learn more on our executive function coaching page. Parents are typically involved in all or part of our executive function coaching sessions for students in elementary through high school. We also work with many college students who present with executive function weaknesses. The skills and strategies we teach in our executive function coaching sessions are not taught in schools.
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