Ryan Wexelblatt, LCSW, ADHD-CCSP
ADHD Dude Founder & Director
“This sucks, and I feel uncomfortable,” my 11-year-old self thought while sitting in a therapist’s office designed to appeal to moms but was in no way welcoming to an 11-year-old boy. The therapist added to my unease by probing too directly about my lack of friends at my new school. Despite her best intentions, we did not connect. She was not speaking in “boy talk,” and I did not feel welcome in this environment.
That experience, plus similar ones with other therapists during high school, eventually motivated me to become a different kind of therapist — one that thinks outside the box, helps kids feel relaxed, and makes learning comfortable.
Years later, I was looking for help with my own son to improve his highly challenging behavior, executive functioning, and social skills. Most resources I found spoke in generalities and offered the same generic strategies I had seen many times and knew would never work. Well-meaning therapists get little training in ADHD (and neurodevelopmental differences), so I had to take the learning into my own hands. I intensified my professional focus on areas outside of mental health that truly impact ADHD. These include executive functioning and parent skill training.
I created ADHD Dude because I realized that most families of kids with ADHD were getting ineffective help, losing valuable time, and spending a lot of money with little results. We train parents to help their children build skills, improve behavior, and, most importantly — feel better about themselves.
For families struggling with ADHD, there is practical help that is aligned with research data and the American Association of Pediatrics’ treatment recommendations. ADHD Dude is for families who need real help right now.
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