Ryan Wexelblatt

Ryan Wexelblatt

Director


Center for Social and Executive Function

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
When I was in school, there was almost NO awareness of autism or Asperger's Syndrome.
My first job was working at a school for kids who had behavioral issues.
My son has social learning issues, so I had firsthand exposure to some of those difficulties.
I started working mostly with kids who had autism or Asperger's Syndrome.
I founded my own education center that teaches kids and adults social thinking skills.
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
Lower Merion
undergrad
Bachelor
Communication, General
Temple University
graduate
Graduate
Clinical/Medical Social Work
Bryn Mawr College
Career

Career

Director

I teach people with ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome and Autism how to be socially successful.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Education
Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship
Teaching / Mentoring
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

I spend my days working with kids and adults and teaching them executive function strategies and social thinking skills. The perfect day would include me hearing that what I taught someone helped them make a friend, get a job or helped them to be more socially competent.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

I would honestly say that there's nothing that I learned in school that I use now. This field of work isn't something that you just fall into, and there definitely wasn't a great level of awareness of social learning issues (people who struggle with social skills) when I was going through college and graduate school, so I really had to seek this out on my own. You definitely need a willingness and desire to deeply learn about the issues you'll be working with.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Do some volunteer work to see if you like working with kids or adults who are diagnosed with Autism or Asperger's Syndrome. You probably know some already from your school.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Communication, General
graduate
Graduate
Clinical/Medical Social Work
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"Don't you want to be a doctor or lawyer and make more money?"

In the culture I grew up in there was often a push to pursue a career that would yield the most income. It took me a while to find a career that was fulfilling to me, people always asked why didn't I want to be a doctor or a lawyer. I don't know that I ever fully "overcame" that noise; I was always second-guessing myself, until I finally realized that I've found a career that I love and that I'm good at, and nothing else matters.

Challenges I Overcame

Mother's Illness
Mother's Illness

My mother had multiple sclerosis when I was growing up. I learned at a young age that something unique about me was that I was very comfortable around people who had disabilities.

Learning Issues
Learning Issues

Dealing with my son's social learning issues inspired me to go from working with students with behavioral issues to working with students mostly dealing with autism and Asperger's Syndrome, and building a program that I have found to be effective.