A practical, skill-building approach, designed for the male brain.
Ages 5-22
Linwood, New Jersey (online appointments available)
Specializing in ADHD, anxiety with ADHD and related challenges.
Counseling Social Skills Programs for Boys | Summer Trip Camp

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A day travel camp for boys ages 11-15 who need help improving their executive functioning, social skills and independence.
Based in Margate, NJ

Ryan Wexelblatt, LCSW
Ride the Wave Counseling and Summer Trip Camp Director

 

 

 

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Upcoming Programs

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Contact us to discuss our upcoming programs or join our NJ mailing list to be notified when new programs are starting.

We look forward to connecting with you!

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Meet Ryan Wexelblatt

Welcome! My name is Ryan, I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worked and certified School Social Worker who has spent nearly 20 years working with kids and young adults. 

I discovered my professional passion when I was looking for resources to help my son who has learning disabilities, social learning challenges as well as executive functioning delays.  Living in the Philadelphia area at the time I could not find any resources that were designed for kids with his profile.  As a result, I took the learning into my own hands.

My specialization in working with males happened organically.   Many of the Moms who reached out to me shared that they have been through multiple psychologists, counselors, etc.  only to find that they did not truly address ADHD-related issues or their son’s did not want to go to therapy because they were asked to talk about their feelings week after week or couldn’t relate to the therapist.   

Other Moms were looking to help their son’s improve their social skills and understood that in order to be relatable to similar-age boys their sons should learn how to connect with their peers from a male perspective.    This male approach to teaching social skills to boys with ADHD and drew families from all over the area.    To my knowledge, I am the only person in the country who specializes in teaching social skills from a male perspective. 

While I specialize in ADHD, anxiety with ADHD and learning disabilities I also work with guys who have no formal diagnosis but may struggle with challenging behaviors, low self-confidence, social anxiety or low frustration tolerance.  Parents are always involved in learning with their children.

Summer Trip Camp opened in 2017 as the first summer camp in the country designed for boys with ADHD or learning differences who need to improve their executive functioning, social skills and age-expected independence

Most recently, I partnered with ADDitude Magazine to create a new section on their website, ADHD in Boys in which I answer viewers’ questions.   Please feel free to check out my blog and follow the Ride the Wave Counseling Facebook page as well. 

I look forward to connecting with you,
Ryan Wexelblatt, LCSW
Ride the Wave Counseling & Summer Trip Camp Director

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Jersey and Pennsylvania
  • Certified School Social Worker
  • Received Social Thinking® Clinical Training Level 1 Certificate of Completion
  • Certificate in Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Youth from the Beck Institute
  • Extensive training in executive functioning support strategies
  • Training from Temple University Children & Teen Anxiety Clinic
  • Certified Autism Specialist

View my resume here

Please contact me to discuss next steps:

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Does your son have ADHD?

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Ride the Wave Counseling works with boys and young adults who present with ADHD, anxiety with ADHD, and related challenges.

Does this describe your son’s challenges?

Social Skills

  • May be able to initially make friends but has trouble keeping them
  • Trouble understanding social cues 
  • Will act silly to get negative attention from peers
  • Has difficulty “reading a room”
  • Feels more comfortable communicating with younger children or adults than peers
  • Tends to have one-sided conversations, talks at people about his interests
  • Frequently interrupts others or says things impulsively, lacks a “filter”
  • Can be inflexible, often says “No” to anything new
  • Labels other kids with ADHD as “annoying” or “weird” despite the fact he acts like them
  • Lacks understanding how he is perceived by others
  • Has difficulty understanding other’s thoughts and feelings
  • Tries to be part of a peer group who is not accepting of him
  • Has a tendency to “police” other kids and tries to control them
  • Had friends in elementary school but became more socially isolated when he got to  5th/6th grade
  • Struggles in unstructured or semi-structured social situations but does O.K. in structured situations

Executive Function Skills

  • Has a hard time sensing the passage of time
  • Difficulty tolerating boredom and non-preferred tasks
  • Needs constant prompting and supervision to get through any type of non-preferred tasks.
  • Believes homework will take much longer than it actually will
  • Struggles during unstructured times
  • Can be impulsive, does things without thinking about outcome or consequences
  • Chronically disorganized, forgets or looses materials
  • Under or over-estimates how long it will take to complete assignments
  • Has a hard time recalling how he performed a task in the past
  • Difficulty with future planning
  • Has a hard time self-monitoring himself and his schedule
  • Becomes easily distracted and/or wastes time with trivial matters
  • Focuses on small details and has a hard time getting the “bigger picture”
  • Has a messy school backpack or carries around too much
  • Completes homework but forgets to turn it in
  • Struggles with reading comprehension (remembers details but has a hard time summarizing)
  • Has a hard time with writing

Emotional Regulation Skills

  • Appears to be several years behind in his social and emotional maturity compared to same-age peers
  • Difficulty differentiating between “small problems” and “big problems”
  • Perseverates on the negative and has trouble letting go of things that bother him/her
  • Has difficulty when there are changes in routine or during transitions
  • Becomes argumentative or explosive when told to get off video games/computer
  • Has a hard time solving problems, wants you to solve problems for him/her
  • Tries to avoid non-preferred tasks
  • Lashes out at family when upset/angry and then is remorseful
  • Makes self-defeating comments
  • Does not understand how his tone of voice sounds to others
  • Has difficulty with competition
  • Low frustration tolerance
  • Holds it together during school and becomes irritable or more difficult to deal with after school

Your son needs to learn learn practical skills and strategies in a manner designed for how he learns best.   Traditional therapy/counseling is not designed for individuals with ADHD or related challenges.

Areas we frequently work on:

  • Improving perspective taking ability (understanding other’s thoughts/feelings & understanding how you come across to others)
  • Developing age-expected emotional regulation skills
  • Improving compliance at home
  • Developing resiliency to get through non-preferred tasks
  • Understanding how to be relatable to your similar-age peers
  • Improving cognitive flexibility (being less “black and white” in thought process)
  • Learning how to differentiate between what’s a “small problem” or “big problem”
  • Reducing compulsive video gaming/internet usage
  • Managing morning routine, homework, etc. more independently
  • Developing independent problem solving skills
  • Improving self-confidence
  • Cultivating and sustaining friendships

Topics frequently addressed with parents include:

  • Improving compliance and avoiding power struggles
  • Transitioning off of screen time
  • Helping your child develop resiliency to complete non-preferred tasks
  • Improving executive function skills (going from being prompt-dependent to independent)
  • Setting realistic expectations at home
  • Helping your child shift from a sense of entitlement towards a motivation to earn things
  • Understanding how to move your child away from being over-dependent to feeling empowered
  • Managing your child’s emotional/behavioral dysregulation at home so family life is not revolving around your child’s moods and behaviors
  • Communicating with your child about difficult/uncomfortable topics

Please contact us to discuss how we can help your family.

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Does your son lack close friends?

Does your son lack friendships with similar-age boys?

  • Does he spend most of his free time playing video games/watching videos and does not get invitations from peers?
  • Does he say his “friends” are people who he games with online?   
  • Can he make friends but has trouble keeping them?
  • Did he have friends in elementary school but seemed to lack friendships starting in middle school?
  • Does he say “no” when you ask him to invite someone over or suggest social activities to him?
  • Does he try to fit in with a group of peers who do not not accept him?
  • Has your son had an easier time talking to younger kids or adults?
  • Does he judge other kids as being “weird” or “annoying” yet often acts similar to them?

Despite the fact that they may not articulate their need for close friendships boys absolutely need close connections with similar-age boys. 

There are various reasons why boys may lack friendships including social anxiety, low self-confidence or a lack of understanding of what other boys need in friendships.  Additionally, many boys do not feel safe sharing their innermost feelings with other boys their age despite because they are fearful of rejection. 

Ride the Wave Counseling offers both individual counseling and counseling groups for boys .   Group counseling can be a particularly powerful experience for boys as they learn to feel safe expressing themselves while having fun spending time among a group of similar-age boys.

Skills we teach include:

  • Strategies to manage social anxiety around similar-age peers
  • Understanding how you come across to other’s
  • Understanding other’s thoughts, feelings and intentions
  • How to show other guys that you want to be friends
  • One’s responsibility in sustaining friendships
  • Social problem solving skills
  • How to share emotions in a safe way with other guys
  • How to go from “school friends” to “outside of school friends”

Please contact us to discuss next steps.