Meet Ryan Wexelblatt (ADHD Dude)

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Welcome! My name is Ryan, I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, School Social Worker and columnist who has spent nearly 20 years working with kids and young adults who present with social learning and executive functioning challenges.  I continue to work as a School Social Worker, Camp Director, Columnist and therapist turned coach.

I am originally from the Philadelphia area where I attended Temple University for my undergraduate work and Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work for my Master’s in Clinical Social Work. 

While I had primarily worked in special education since completing graduate school I became interested in social learning (social skills) because my son (whom I adopted as an older child at age 8)  needed help with his social skills, executive functioning and emotional regulation skills.   

Like many of you, I did not find any programs in the area that were a good fit for my son.  All the social skills programs in the area were geared for kids with autism (which my son does not have).  The people doing executive functioning work were only doing academic executive functioning work with highly academically motivated kids,  I could tell they would never be able to relate to my son who has learning disabilities.   Because I could not find anything in the Philadelphia that fit for my son I took the learning process into my own hands. 

My practice (originally called Center for ADHD) opened in Narberth, PA in 2015, then was called Ride the Wave Counseling (yes, I had to go through several name iterations before I settled) as the only ADHD-specific practice in the Philadelphia area.

The social learning programs I created such as How to Hang Out and Guy Stuff had a great reception from parents who were looking to help their sons’ with ADHD improve their social skills yet did not want to send them to a typical “one size fits all” social skills group.   Summer Trip Camp opened in 2017 as the first summer camp program designed solely for boys with ADHD.  Summer Trip Camp provides boys with an opportunity to improve their social thinking skills, executive functioning and independence through an active day travel program. 

I created the ADHD Dude Facebook group and YouTube channel  in 2018 because I saw that parents were looking for practical information and strategies to help their children build their executive functioning and age-expected independence.    From my private practice work I knew that many Moms were looking for a male approach to teaching social skills to their sons.   The vast majority of people who teach social skills to boys are women (who often do not understand the nuances of male-male friendships or social communication between boys.) 

I partnered with ADDitude Magazine to create a new section called ADHD in Boys where I provide weekly videos on ADHD-related topics in boys and young adults.

Please contact me below to discuss how we can work together to help your family.  I look forward to connecting with you.

Ryan Wexelblatt, LCSW
ADHD Dude Coaching & Programs and Summer Trip Camp Director

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Jersey and Pennsylvania
  • Certified New New Jersey 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

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