May 2022 Newsletter

To our Advance LA Community,

The photographer Edwin Way Teale famously said, “The world’s favorite season is spring. All things seem possible in May” – we agree! May is a time for hope, for optimism, for possibilities. Why not take some time to reflect, think about what you want in your life and set a new goal? There is no better time than today!

With this spirit of optimism, this month’s blogpost is about helping young adults who are addicted to video games. This form of addiction is so common that there is now a national support group for parents of adult children with video game addiction, On-Line Gamers Anonymous. In our blogpost, we hope to shed light and provide resources for those who are struggling to to break away from this very addictive behavior.

Advance LA’s mission is to help our clients advance to independent adulthood. We provide virtual classes and club l.a. events that can provide an avenue for remote social engagement. Our Life Skills Coaches are able to meet with their clients remotely, or safely socially distance in person, to provide coaching in the areas of academics, social and emotional well being, executive functioning challenges and vocational education and support.

Please contact us at for more information.

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

If you are a parent of a young adult who spends most of their time playing video games, you are not alone. It is now such a common issue that there is a national support group, olgnan. for parents of adult children with video game addiction. On-Line Gamers Anonymous, also known as OLGA, is a growing organization whose sole purpose is to help people whose lives have been consumed by video gaming. OLGA offers support to adult gamers, and their families and loved ones. They provide help and resources for overcoming excessive gaming and rebuilding lives.

Upcoming Events & More

Parent-to-Parent Support Group

Thurs., May 5th and 19th | 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.

Positive Psychology: A Therapeutic Approach for Adolescents & Their Parents

Wednesday, May 25th | 10-11am 

The Help Group’s next webcast is designed to present the latest research on mental health issues in ASD and to provide information on the latest and most innovative therapies for helping autistic youth and their parents cope with these challenges. We’ll hear from an autistic young adult what was most beneficial in therapy for them and also a parent’s perspective on how therapy helped their child. Free to attend!

RV Arcade! (In-person!)

Thursday, May 26th | 6:30-8:30pm
Join old friends and new friends for an evening of fun! The RV Arcade provides arcade and video games in a group setting. club l.a. will provide dinner and dessert. Don’t miss out on the fun, sign up today! For neurodiverse young adults ages 18-29.

Watch the Recording!

Our most recent webcast presented the latest research on mental health issues in autism spectrum disorder and provided information on the most up-to-date and innovative therapies for helping autistic youth and their parents cope with these challenges. We heard from an autistic young adult and also a parent’s perspective on how therapy helped their child. It was an incredibly insightful presentation and discussion.

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.


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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