November 2023 Newsletter

To our Advance LA Community,

It’s that time of year where we practice an attitude of gratitude. All of us at Advance LA are grateful that you are a part of our community. May your Thanksgiving be joyful and the start of a happy holiday season and an even happier new year!

While all of us can become overwhelmed during the holiday season, it can be especially challenging for our young adults due to the pressure of social expectations. In this month’s blogpost, we offer strategies for supporting your neurodivergent young adult during this time of the year.

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

For many neurodivergent young adults, the holiday season can be a minefield of social expectations. There is so much pressure to spend lots of time with family and friends. But those types of interactions require a social proficiency that can be difficult for young adults with challenges. Young adults who struggle socially may need support and guidance with planning ahead to take frequent time-outs as a strategy for successfully enjoying the holidays. 

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Upcoming Events & More


Winter Party

Wed, Dec. 13th | 6:30-8 pm PT
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 neurodiverse young adults ages 18-29. Fee: $25



Upcoming Webinar

What To Do When The Sticker Chart Doesn’t Work

November 15 | 10 – 11am PT
This presentation will offer parents, teachers and therapists a template based on brain function and behavior to use to better manage upsets after one is backed into the corner of “this chart is making things worse!”




Parent-to-Parent Support Group

Thursday, Nov. 2 and 16  | 6-7 pm PT

Free online sessions for parents to connect, share stories & learn from one another. Parents select topics and group leaders facilitate discussions and offer guidance. Meetings 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.






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