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Listen to “The Social Lives of Boys with ADHD: Why Traditional Therapy and Social Skills Groups Rarely Work” with Ryan Wexelblatt, LCSW

Tune in to hear Ryan Wexelblatt describe the challenges he encounters most often in his young male patients with ADHD, and offer realistic strategies and solutions for parents who want to help their sons grow and mature into healthy, happy men.

The image displays a lonely teenage boy sitting on the curb in front of his high school at the end of the school day.
The image displays a lonely teenage boy sitting on the curb in front of his high school at the end of the school day.

Listen to “The Social Lives of Boys with ADHD: Why Traditional Therapy and Social Skills Groups Rarely Work” with Ryan Wexelblatt, LCSW

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“My son hated going to therapy; he complained that the therapist tried to get him to talk about feelings every week.”

“We’ve tried counseling multiple times, but my son really did not get anything out of it.”

“My son refuses to go to his ‘lunch bunch’ social skills group at school.  He says all the kids in it are weird.”

The questions sent to ADDitude’s ADHD in Boys expert, social worker Ryan Wexelblatt, come from parents across the country who face a common challenge: How do you help a boy with ADHD who struggles to establish and maintain friendships, master his executive functions, and take responsibility for his own actions?

In this episode, learn:

  • Why therapy is not designed for boys with ADHD, and what works better.
  • What are the most common social learning challenges, and how you can address them.
  • What executive functioning challenges get in the way, and how you can work on those.
  • Why is it so hard to find help given how common ADHD is in boys?
  • Where do I start and what do I address first?
  • “I thought he would grow out of this!” Why parents put off getting help.

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Listener testimonials:

  • Ryan was the best presenter I’ve heard in the 4 years I’ve been learning about how to parent my now 10-year-old son. Thank you.”
  • “This was the most informative and helpful information about ADHD I have ever heard. He really spoke so many truths, it was unbelievable.”
  • “The focus on boys is appreciated & needed!”

Listen in and tell us what you think in the comments. If you’re interested in advertising in ADDitude’s ADHD Experts podcast, write to us at anne@newhopemedia.com.

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Note on audio quality: This podcast is a recording of a webinar series, and the audio has been captured from telephone conversations, not recorded in a studio. Register to participate in the live webinars at: www.additude.com/webinars/


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Updated on October 24, 2019

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