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.
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.
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Club l.a. is an exciting social community for young adults 18 to 35 who have social challenges. It provides a great opportunity to make connections with other young adults with common interests and is structured to ensure a positive experience for all participants. Club LA is part of Advance LA, which provides individualized support services including one-on-one life skills coaching and workshops for young adults who need support in their transition to adulthood.
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.