At Advance LA we offer the answer to one of the most frequently asked questions by parents of teens and young adults with special needs, “What happens next?” We provide that much needed support that facilitates a greater level of independence for each of our clients based on their individual needs.
On their journey to increased independence many young people require additional guidance and support in order to be successful during this exciting but challenging time. Advance LA is dedicated to providing resources and support to teens and young adults with a wide range of diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, executive functioning difficulties, and other social/emotional issues. We focus on working with families and professionals on developing and implementing interventions that are practical, successful, and accessible.
Our services include:
- One-on-one life skills coaching
- A transitional living program located on a college campus
- Conferences and Workshops for teens, young adults, parents, and professionals
- Social and recreational opportunities
- College and career planning and support
Advance LA is committed to meeting the current and future needs of teens, young adults and their families, ensuring they make meaningful progress. Through our work, we hope to inspire personal growth and development, offer a sense of mastery and accomplishment, and allow the client to reach greater levels of independence.
Life Skills Coaching
Advance LA coaches work to support teens and young adults in a variety of ways and focus on helping them become more successful in all areas of life.
Some things we can help with include learning how to:
- Manage your time
- Get organized
- Manage your money
- Develop job skills
- Find and keep a job
- Make friends
- Get into college
- Be successful in college
- Ask for help when you need it
- Advocate for yourself
- Get motivated
- Live independently
We provide the supports needed for our teens and young adults to achieve success in the community. Whether it is at home, school, or at work, we come to you.
First we work with you to discuss your goals, then we assess your strengths, we make a plan, and start working with you out in the community. Throughout our time together, we monitor progress on your goals. Based on the information we collect, the team will come together to celebrate successes, as well as identify areas in need of improvement or attention, and adjust what we are doing to help you be more successful.
While our coaching sessions and the tools we use are often creative, innovative, and fun, they are firmly based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA is an evidence-based practice that is often used in helping people achieve important goals. Within this framework, we focus on strengths and build on current skills while out in the community.
At Advance LA, we work as a team and value each member’s unique contribution. Team members may include all significant people in the person’s life. For example, the team may include the young adult/teen, family members, caregivers, therapists or other service providers, the coach, and the administrators of the program. When needed, the Advance LA team will communicate with instructors, dorm personnel, employers, service providers, and others in the community to gauge progress, share resources, and identify additional needs.
Live.Advance.LA Transitional Living Program
Live. Advance. LA. is an exciting program of Advance LA for young adults facing unique challenges as they prepare for their transition to independence. The program offers a supported living experience on a college campus in the Santa Monica mountains. Based on the specific needs of each resident, the program provides experiences and opportunities to learn and practice the skills necessary to be successful in adult life. Residents and their families are able to create an individualized program. They may choose to enroll in classes at various local college campuses or pursue career or work opportunities in the community, while engaging in fulfilling social relationships. During their residence, young adults are immersed in a university setting surrounded by college-aged peers pursuing a variety of academic and career possibilities, while living in a supported environment and learning the skills needed to transition to independence.
Advance LA 2013 Innovate Conference for Parents, Professionals, and Young Adults
Friday, April 26: Parents and Professionals
Saturday, April 27: Young Adults
American Jewish University
ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
We are excited to announce The Help Group’s second annual Advance LA Conference for parents, professionals, and young adults. This year’s conference, INNOVATE, will bring together experts and innovators from diverse fields to join us in exploring the newest thinking on how best to support young people preparing for a successful transition to college, the workforce, and beyond. The conference will focus on the need to devise innovative, practical, and sustainable solutions to answer questions that arise during the transitioning period, a crucial time for young people who face challenges that differ from those confronting many of their peers.
DAY ONE of the conference will bring together a community of professionals and parents who will explore innovative and viable strategies to ease the transition between high school and the next step for young people with ASD, ADHD, learning differences, executive functioning challenges, and social or emotional issues.
DAY TWO will feature the first conference of its kind designed for teens and young adults. The workshop will provide attendees with the opportunity to interact with peers while learning transition skills, sparking passions, and cultivating new relationships.
Download the full brochure Here
For more information about the conference, visit www.advancela.org/conference.
To register to attend the event (early bird registration ends April 1), go to http://www.advancela.org/conference-registration.
Each year Advance LA holds a Summer College Institute, a program for young people with unique challenges, preparing for life after high school. The program offers an independent living experience on a college campus in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains. The week-long program is filled with engaging activities, opportunities for meeting new people, and an environment where participants can learn and practice the skills necessary to be successful in college and/or career pursuits.
The Summer College Institute is open to young people preparing for transition to college or those already enrolled but may need some additional skill building or support. The program features include: a week on a college campus learning valuable skills and gaining experience, while meeting people and making new friends! Some skills that are targeted include: learning stress management techniques and coping skills; developing and strengthening executive functioning skills (including organization, time management, and planning); instruction on and practice with college-level study skills; and practicing self-advocacy and communication skills!
In addition to the residential option, we offer a day program.
Click here to download the 2013 brochure
Social & Recreational Clubs
Advance LA’s social and recreational clubs offer a variety of fun activities for teens and young adults. Our clubs provide a great opportunity to make connections with other teens and young adults with common interests.
These clubs are divided by age range in order to allow the teens or young adults to spend time with similar-aged peers and enhance their social skills in an enjoyable, accepting and supportive environment.
We have three exciting clubs:
- Basketball Club is a recreational basketball club for young adults ages 17 and up
- Club l.a. is a social club for young adults ages 18 and up
- Club l.a. TEEN is a social club for teens ages 13-17
What makes our clubs different?
Many teens and young adults have had frustrating and disappointing social experiences in the past, which leads to increased isolation and avoidance of future social interactions. Throughout each activity, coaches will be mingling and initiating social interactions, supporting these interactions, and generally helping everyone feel welcome and comfortable.
P2P Parent Support Program
Parent to Parent: A support network of Advance LA
P2P is a free monthly support group for parents of teens and young adults offered by Advance LA. The intention of P2P is to provide a safe space for parents to connect with others dealing with similar issues. At P2P, participants can share struggles and celebrate successes of their young adult children whose transition out of the home is complicated by dealing with ASD, ADHD, learning differences and other challenges.