October 2023 Newsletter

To our Advance LA Community,

Is there anything more lovely than autumn? As the great philosopher, Taylor Swift, said, “Past the pumpkin patch and the tractor rides, look now, the sky is gold.”  Wishing you all the wonders of the fall season!

In October, we celebrate ADHD Awareness Month. While ADHD certainly comes with challenges, there is also much to celebrate as many folks with ADHD consider it a superpower! In this month’s blogpost we highlight the benefits of an ADHD diagnosis.

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

Everyone can understand what it feels like to have a hard time sitting still or to find it almost impossible to stay focused during a college lecture, or to constantly misplace your phone or car keys. For some people, these challenges are so pervasive and persistent that they interfere with every aspect of their home, academics, social/dating life, and work Iife.

If someone receives a diagnosis of ADHD, they may need support to counter the challenges they face. But there is much to celebrate about having ADHD as many folks consider it their Superpower. Here are some of the benefits:

Upcoming Events & More

Join us for some Fall Fun!

Dates: Fri. Oct. 13th, Nov. 10, and Dec. 8
Time: 4-6pm PT
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
Cost: $35 per event (includes snacks)

Join us for a fun-filled afternoon aboard an RV decked out with 46-inch LED TVs! Come hang with new friends, and show off your video gaming skills. Register before it sells out! For neurodiverse young adults ages 18-24.

Halloween Party

Dates: Wed, October 25th
Time: 6:30-8pm PT
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
Cost: $25 per event

Join club l.a. for our annual Halloween party! We will have fun-filled evening of spooky games and devilishly delicious treats – and we will rock the house down with Karaoke! Don’t miss out – register today! For neurodiverse young adults ages 18-29.

Upcoming Webinar

Strategies to Identify & Address Bullying of Neurodivrse Students

October 11 | 10 – 11am PT

We will delve into the crucial topic of bullying and its profound effects on neurodiverse students, and what you can do as a parent or educator.

Parent-to-Parent Support Group

Thursday, Oct. 5 & 19  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.

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.


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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