December 2023 Newsletter




To our Advance LA Community,

Happy Holidays! We wish you joy and peace during this season and may your New Year be
filled with love, health, and happiness.

While the holiday season can be filled with fun, some neurodivergent young adults can find the disruption to daily routines to be really stressful. In this month’s blogpost, we offer strategies for helping your neurodivergent young adult to have an enjoyable holiday with less stress and anxiety.

Advance LA’s mission is to help our clients advance to independent adulthood. Our Life Skills Coaches meet with their clients remotely, or in person, to provide support and guidance in areas including academics, executive functioning, time management, organization, social/dating skills, job/internship obtainment and maintenance, and independent living skills. 

Please contact us at for more information.

Wishing you all the best,

Jeri Rochman, JD, MS
Program Coordinator





The holiday season can bring joy, but also a lot of stress, depression, and anxiety. The demands of the season such as shopping and running errands while battling crowds, social obligations, houseguests, and relatives are all potential stressors for most people. In addition, changes in one’s daily routine can be challenging as most people find comfort in routine, especially many neurodivergent folks. One of the most stressful aspects of the holiday season is the various extra events that can disrupt the daily routines that neurodivergent people depend on to manage their anxiety and remain regulated. One way to help your neurodivergent young adult is to offer coping strategies for handling the holiday season. Here are suggestion:



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Upcoming Events & More





Winter Party!
Wed, Dec. 13th | 6:30 – 8 pm

Join club l.a. for our annual Winter Wonderland party! We will celebrate the season with festive games, dinner, Karaoke and treats! Don’t miss out – register today! For neurodivergent young adults ages 18-29. Fee: $25




Young Adult Winter Program!
December 18 – 22, 2023

Calling all young adults ages 18 – 22 ! Join us for a fun week of social-recreational activities that build confidence, practice social skills, and take steps toward independence. Fee: $700. For more information, email Kyle Kerfoot at





Parent-to-Parent Support Group
Thursday, January 18  | 6-7 pm PT

Free online sessions for parents to connect, share stories & learn from one another. We are taking our winter break this month but we will resume our meetings on January 18, 2024. Meetings will then continue to take place the first and third Thursday of each month.




Dating & Relationship Coaching

Available now!
Advance LA now offers dating and relationship coaching for neuro-divergent young adults who are interested in learning the social skills involved in dating, as well as the communication skills required to maintain a romantic relationship. To learn more, contact Jeri.




Life Skills Coaching

Virtual coaching available for academic, vocational, social, and independent living skills support (individual or group sessions).




Lumina Counseling

Lumina offers insurance and private pay for individual, group, couples, and family therapy to people of all ages throughout the Los Angeles area. Lumina believes that everyone has the right to be heard and to be guided to live their best possible life. For more info, please call 818-779-5100.





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?” Our personalized program provides clients with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, executive functioning difficulties and learning differences the experiences and opportunities necessary to lead a fulfilling adult life. We offer coaching services and support groups, as well as workshops and conferences for young adults, parents, and industry professionals.LEARN MORE



















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