June 2023 Newsletter

To our Advance LA Community,

We wish all the graduates congratulations! This is a huge milestone for a young person and deserving of lots of celebration. And congratulations to the parents of the graduates as well. We know that it can feel emotionally overwhelming to see your child achieve a milestone that you may have only dreamed was possible. We wish you joyous celebratory festivities!

In this month’s blogpost, we discuss the mixed emotions that go hand-in-hand with graduations. While happiness is at the forefront, there can be feelings of stress and worry about what comes next. Check out this month’s blogpost for tips to better understand the emotions that both the graduates and their parents may be experiencing.

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 advancela@thehelpgroup.org for more information.

Wishing you all the best,
Jeri Rochman, JD, MS
Program Coordinator
Advance LA

For some neurodivergent young adults, graduation is often very emotional as it marks the end of a defined time of life as well as the beginning of the unknown. It can be helpful for parents to be aware that even a happy event like a graduation can cause a neurodivergent young adult to experience mixed emotions during the ceremonies and parties. Experiencing stress, fear, and anxiety along with joy, relief, and anticipation are all to be expected for a young adult and are part of the normal graduation process.

Upcoming Events & More

Parent-to-Parent Support Group

Thurs., June 1st & 15th | 6-7 pm PT

Free online sessions for parents to connect, share stories & learn from one another. Parents will select topics and group leaders will facilitate discussions and offer guidance. Meetings take place the first and third Thursday of each month.

club l.a.’s Got Talent!

Wed., June 21st | 6:30-8:00pm PT

Join good friends and new friends as we celebrate our club l.a. musicians, dancers, comedians, magicians and more. Share your talent or come to support your friends. We will have dinner and dessert. Don’t miss out – register today! For neurodiverse young adults ages 18-29.

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). Contact us to learn more.

Lumina Couseling

Lumina offers insurance and private pay individual, group, couples, and family therapy to people of all ages, both in-person and online, 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 information, please call 818-779-5100.

Other Programs at The Help Group for K-12 & Transition Students

Upcoming Webcast:

Let’s Flip the Script: What if ADHD is a Strength, Not a Weakness?

DATE: May 17th
TIME: 10 – 11 am

ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is a neurological disorder that impacts the parts of the brain that help us plan, focus on, and execute tasks. However, there are numerous strengths and benefits that also come with ADHD. Join us as we learn more about the ways that ADHD can be a strength rather than a weakness.

In Case You Missed Our Webcast:

Let’s Flip the Script: What if ADHD is a Strength, Not a Weakness?


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.

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