Welcome, I’m glad you’re interested in learning more about Summer Trip Camp. My name is Ryan, I’m a licensed clinical social worker and the Director of Ride the Wave Counseling located in Linwood, NJ and Bryn Mawr, PA. I began my summer camp career at age 3 and have spent the majority of my life working at, creating and directing various summer camps and programs.
My initial motivation for learning all I could about executive functioning and social learning stemmed from my son, whom I adopted an an older child in 2006. When I began searching for local programs to help him with social skills I learned that all of the social skills group in the area were geared for kids with autism which he does not have. None were designed for kids like him who had a combination of ADHD and learning differences. Diving head first into this field led to me creating a number of school-year social learning programs as well as summer programs. I opened Ride the Wave Counseling (formerly Center for ADHD) in 2014.
Summer Trip Camp opened in 2017 as the first summer camp program in the United States designed to teach executive functioning, social cognitive skills and independent skills through an active program.
As you may have learned through research, there are many camps that market themselves as “ADHD Camps” and “Social Skills Camps”, however, none (to my knowledge) actually teach executive functioning strategies and social thinking skills through an active, experiential program. Developing executive functioning and social competency are intertwined and need to be taught through a specialized, skill-building approach.
Summer of 2019 will mark Summer Trip Camp’s inaugural summer in it’s new location, Ventnor, New Jersey. Located a block from the beach and boardwalk, we will be taking full advantage of everything the Jersey shore has to offer kids.
In addition to a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work, I am one of the few individuals in the Philadelphia area to have received a Social Thinking Clinical Training Level 1 Certificate of Completion. Additionally, I completed extensive training in executive functioning support strategies as well as Cognitive Behavior Therapy through the Beck Institute (where Cognitive Behavior Therapy was created) and the Temple University Child & Teen Anxiety Clinic.
I am a regular presenter at national and regional conferences and have presented twice at the International Conference on ADHD and the Social Thinking® Global Providers Conference in addition to many regional conferences.
I serve on the professional advisory board of the BuxMont CHADD chapter. My son, Austin (who attends vocational school for carpentry) and I live with our dog Sasha.
Please go to upcoming presentations for a list of my upcoming speaking engagements and please feel free to contact me to discuss how Summer Trip Camp can benefit your son. I look forward to hearing from you.
RYAN WEXELBLATT, LCSW
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker in NJ and PA
- Certified School Social Worker in NJ
- Certificate in Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Youth from the Beck Institute
- Received Social Thinking® Clinical Training Level 1 Certificate of Completion
- Extensive training in executive function skill development strategies
Please contact Ryan to discuss next steps