May 2023 Newsletter

To our Advance LA Community,

All things seem possible in May! In spring, our days are getting longer, flowers are starting to bloom, and warmer weather beckons us to spend time outdoors. Say good-bye to winter coats and hello to short sleeves – spring has arrived!

In this month’s blogpost, we remind ourselves that summer is just around the corner and discuss that now is time to secure summer employment. Most summer jobs are usually filled by the first week of June because employers want to have their hires in place by the time summer begins. Check out our blogpost for tips for breaking down the process of a job search into manageable steps.

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
Advance LA

When is the best time to start looking for a summer job? Today! The earlier a job seeker starts the process of finding a summer job, the more likely it is that they will find a job that they like and one that is a good match for their skill set.

For many neurodivergent young adults, the process of job obtainment can feel overwhelming and it can be hard to know where to begin. Our Advance LA Life Skills Coaches understand these feelings of apprehension so they can help their clients break down the process of a job search into manageable steps. Here are some tips…

Upcoming Events & More

Parent-to-Parent Support Group

Thurs., March 4th & 18th | 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:

Traditional vs. Specialized Camps: Which is Better for Kids with Autism?

Your child has just been given the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The important thing to know is that the diagnosis does not close any doors to your child’s future. In this webcast, we will review the first steps to educating yourself about the diagnosis, learn about strength-based approaches to your child’s needs, and discuss available services and resources for you and your child..


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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