Advance LA March 2023 Newsletter

March 2023 Newsletter

To our Advance LA Community,

Emily Dickinson said, “March is the month of expectation” – and we can’t wait to see what happens! One thing we are most excited about is daylight saving time starts on March 12th and the beginning of spring.

We are looking forward to the fun of St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th. In this month’s blogpost, we discuss how to make our own luck by taking advantages of opportunities that come our way, helping others, and taking the small steps toward meeting our goals. 

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

 

During the month of March, our thoughts can turn to the idea of luck and why some people seem to have all of it. There are those people who seem to easily find jobs they like, have a fun and supportive group of friends, and life just seems to go their way. But what about the rest of us?

The reality is that a successful life has very little to do with luck. People who live happy lives take the steps that are necessary to create the life that they want for themselves.

Upcoming Events & More

Parent-to-Parent Support Group

Thurs., March 2nd & 16th | 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 Spring Fling

Wed., April 19 | 6:30-8:00pm PT

Join old friends and new friends for the club l.a. Spring Fling! We will have dinner and dessert, games and karaoke,  Don’t miss out on the fun – register today! For neurodiverse young adults ages 18-29.

Special Needs Resource Fair

Sunday, April 30 | 11am – 2pm PT

Presented by The Help Group and LA Parent Magazine, this is an opportunity for parents and professionals to discover the wonderful resources that L.A. has to offer its special needs community. Learn about life skills coaching, therapeutic services, financial & estate planning, vocational programs & more. Free admission!

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

My Child Was Diagnosed with Autism. Now What?

Learn more about what an ASD diagnosis means, strength-based approaches to your child’s needs, and available services and resources for you and your child. Free to attend, via Zoom.

DATE: March 8th
TIME: 10 – 11 am

In Case You Missed Our Webcast:

Absent Again: Strategies to Improve School Attendance

ABOUT ADVANCE LA:

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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