Advance LA 2014 Resilience Conference to Feature Leading Experts in Autism, Learning Disabilities and ADHD



SHERMAN OAKS, CA – April 24, 2014 –  The Help Group’s Advance LA Resilience Conference 2014, presenting cutting edge research and best practices for young adults with autism, learning differences and ADHD, will be held on Friday, May 2nd at American Jewish University in Los Angeles.

The Conference will feature 14 nationally prominent experts who focus their research and practices on how best to support young people with learning differences, autism and ADHD in their transition to college, the workplace and beyond. “Our goal is to spark dialogue amongst parents and professionals by presenting research and interventions that support the young person’s ability to be resilient and develop the inner strength needed to maximize their potential,” Jill Rosenberg, Director of Advance LA.

Featured talks will include, “Boosting Resilience in Young Adults, Parents and Professionals,” “The FASTMINDS Approach To Learning How To Thrive With ADHD”, “How To Create Resilient College Students on the Autism Spectrum,” “Transitioning To Independence and Employment,” “Sexuality Education of Individuals with ASD,” “Connecting Adolescents and Young Adults to Learning Mindfulness” and “Using the Science of Hope, Self-Compassion, Mindfulness and Gratitude to Build Resilience.”

Experts include Keynote Speaker, Dr. Andrew Shatté and presenters Dr. James McCracken, Dr. Peter Gerhardt , Erica R. Holding, BCBA-D, Dr. Elisha Goldstein, Dr. Stefanie Goldstein, Dr. Craig Surman, Dr. Carol Schall, Dr. Vicki Zakrzewski, Dr. Mark Katz, Dr. Jane Thierfeld Brown, Dr. Amy-Jane Griffiths, Dr. Sarita Freedman and Dr. Lindsey Sterling.

The Luncheon Program will honor Nancy Rosenfelt with The 2014 Advancing Awareness Award in recognition of her longstanding and heartfelt dedication and commitment to students with learning differences as Director of Summit View Schools, and Rabbi Naomi Levy with The 2014 Resilience Award for her message of hope and resilience as described in her book, Hope Will Find You.

The Help Group’s Advance LA is dedicated to providing resources, support and training to teens and young adults with their transitional living program, one-on-one coaching, parent groups, and social clubs.

For more information on Advance LA, workshop descriptions, registration and sponsorship opportunities, please visit or call 818-779-5198.


About the Help Group

Founded in 1975, The Help Group is the largest, most innovative and comprehensive nonprofit of its kind in the United States serving children with special needs related to autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, ADHD, developmental delays, abuse and emotional problems.

The Help Group’s nine specialized day schools offer pre-K through high school programs for more than 1,500 students. Its broad range of mental health and therapy services, child abuse and residential programs extends its reach to more than 6,000 children and their families each year. With more than 950 staff members, The Help Group’s state-of-the-art schools and programs are located on seven campuses in the Los Angeles area.

The Help Group is widely regarded for its high standards of excellence, unique scope and breadth of services. Through its public awareness, professional training and parent education programs and efforts at the state and national levels, The Help Group touches the lives of children with special needs across the country and in other parts of the world.

At the heart of its efforts is the commitment to helping young people fulfill their potential to lead positive, productive and rewarding lives.