Dear Help Group Friends & Families,

As we embark on the second half of the 2023-24 school year, it is both an honor and a privilege to extend my heartfelt greetings to each of you. Having recently joined The Help Group as the new Vice President of Schools, it brings me great pleasure to be part of such an innovative and comprehensive nonprofit organization that has served children, adolescents, young adults, families, and communities across the greater Los Angeles area and beyond for decades. Having spent twenty-five years in education as a teacher, instructional coach, principal, and head of school, it is refreshing to see that in just twomonths in this new role, it is evident that The Help Group has an unwavering commitment to ensure that every student realizes and achieves their full potential.

From the teachers, staff, campus leaders, senior leadership team members, to our program directors, mental health professionals, and the entire support staff here at The Help Group, we are pleased to present the January edition of The Help Group Schools and Programs monthly newsletter and The Help Group Blog. Our newsletter and blog are more than just a collection of articles, updates, and important dates; they are a testament to our shared commitment towards a holistic approach to education and making a positive difference in the lives of the students and families we serve.

Please embark upon this journey with us as our newsletter and blog highlight the impact that The Help Group Schools and Programs have on our students, families, and communities. Both resources will provide opportunities for us to connect, learn from each other, and collectively contribute to ensuring that all students are afforded a great future. They will also be catalysts for sharing valuable academic, social, and emotional, educational insights, current research findings, and practical tips that might help us all better serve our students, so that they can achieve their limitless potential. Informed, connected, and engaged communities are the cornerstone of progress, and our newsletter and blog will serve as a bridge between The Help Group and you – our valued members.

Continue reading The Help Group Schools and Programs newsletter to learn more about our strength’s-based approach to supporting all learners.

Thank you for being an integral part of The Help Group community and for trusting us with enriching your child’s education. Together, we can create a future where every student is empowered to learn, grow, and thrive.


Shayne Horan, Ed. D.
Vice President of Schools
The Help Group





Strengths-based Learning: Helping all Children Realize and Achieve Their Limitless Potential – Introducing the SPOT Method (Part One of a Three Part Series)

Although the strengths-based learning field is dynamic, and new programs and approaches are emerging, by integrating a strengths-based approach into how we interact with our children, we can begin to help our students become more invested in their learning and more engaged in the learning process and help them realize and achieve their limitless potential.

Using the SPOT process, as presented in Hacking Deficit Thinking by Byron McClure and Kelsie Reed, parents, coaches, and teachers can support a strengths-based approach in any setting to improve engagement and perseverance, and increase achievement and well-being.

SPOT stands for: Strength observation, paying attention to the individual skills and talents of a child; Progress over perfection, encouraging perseverance and practice; Opportunity to shine, helping a child identify their own skills and encouraging a sense of pride; and Teach, try, and tap into strengths. 




January may be the start of a new calendar year, but for school age children, it signifies a transition from holiday break back to the classroom. As this transition is not always easy, we’ve gathered some practical tips and strategies to boost motivation, create a positive mindset, and make the most of the remaining school year.







Building Connections Through Exploratory Learning

The Help Group’s Project 6, a therapeutic residential program, has been organizing weekend sunrise hikes, exclusively for Project 6 residents who attend our schools, including North Hills Prep, Summit View, Bridgeport, and the Bridgeport Vocational Center. These hikes provide a unique opportunity for the residents to explore nature, unwind, and stay active.

These weekend outings offer a break from the daily routine, creating a space for the participants to connect with each other. The sunrise hikes serve as a refreshing start to the day, promoting positive mindsets and encouraging camaraderie among the residents. In addition to the physical benefits, these hikes play a crucial role in building a supportive community and addressing any conflicts that may arise. Project 6 remains committed to providing therapeutic and holistic experiences to help students successfully reintegrate into their local school, community, and family home.

To learn more about the empowering ways our schools and programs are supporting our students, contact our admissions office at 877-943-5747 or at







Registration for the Resource Fair is now open!
Sunday, April 28, 2024 | 11am – 2pm

We’re excited to announce our upcoming 11th Annual Special Needs Resource Fair. Join us for this amazing opportunity where parents and professionals can discover the wonderful resources that Los Angeles has to offer its special needs community. The event is FREE to attend. 

The Help Group’s 11th annual Special Needs Resource Fair connects parents and professionals with the wealth of resources available to Los Angeles’ special needs community. This free event features a diverse range of exhibitors providing information on support groups, medical and therapeutic services, education, financial planning, advocacy, recreational programs, and more. Expert-led discussions will enrich the experience for participants, providing valuable insights and helpful tips for families. There will also be interactive, family-friendly activities including a petting zoo, face painting, a fitness workshop, a bubble show, arts & crafts, and a meet and greet with therapy dogs. We’re thrilled to introduce tactile and sensory stations, an aromatherapy quiet room, and a community art piece installation this year too. Don’t miss out on this invaluable event! 


Special Needs Resource Fair Highlights

Interested in exhibiting at this event? To learn more, contact:









Jump Into Summer with Specialized Day Camps for 6-17-year-olds with Autism!

Kids Like Me’s summer camps begin on Monday, June 10th! These camps provide a safe and enriching environment for neurodiverse 6-17-year-olds with autism spectrum disorder and other special needs to engage, experience, and explore. Campers will be matched to ensure an appropriate peer group for learning and fun. Siblings are welcome!

Did you know that most of our camps are vendored with SoCal’s regional centers? We also accept Self Determination funds. Contact your service coordinator today to learn more!




Looking for a Specialized Summer Program for Young Adults?

Join Advance LA for a fun social-recreational summer program for young adults between the ages 18-22 with mild to moderate needs who face challenges with learning, language, attention, social interaction, or sensory processing. This program has three new track offerings based on varying abilities and interests. Young adults will build confidence, practice social and essential life skills, and take steps towards independence while having fun and forging new friendships. Let’s make this summer unforgettable!








Kaleidoscope Palentine’s Day Party
Fri, Feb. 16th | 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Join us for a vibrant Palentine’s party, a celebration of friendship, love, and the beautiful spectrum of identities that make us unique. This gathering celebrates the unique bonds of friendship that enrich our lives. Let’s come together to dance, laugh, and create lasting memories. RSVP Today!



club l.a.’s Got Talent!
Wed, Feb. 21st | 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Join club l.a. for our annual talent show! Share your musical, dance, comedic or magical talent with new friends and good friends. Come hang out, support your friends, and join us for dinner and dessert.

Don’t miss out – Register today!
For neurodivergent young adults ages 18-29. Fee: $25







The Help Group has a Volunteer Program!

Our Volunteer Program provides a meaningful way for individuals to contribute in supporting and empowering individual with diverse needs. As a volunteer, you become an integral part of the community, assisting in innovative programs, fun events and exciting initiatives that make a positive impact on the lives of those we serve. 



Learn more about our schools, programs and other services. Download the PDF flyer.






The Help Group’s Vision
Every young person deserves a great future; a future where the world finds strengths in differences.

Our Mission
Believing that dignity, hope, opportunity and love are the birthrights of all, THG strives to transform lives by recognizing, cultivating and celebrating the individual gifts of young people with special needs related to autism, learning differences, ADHD, developmental delays and emotional challenges through its family of innovative educational, therapeutic, residential and vocational programs and its advancement of cutting-edge research, professional training, outreach and public policy advocacy.

Our Core Values 
We are innovative
We are compassionate
We are transformative
We see ability where others see disability
We are The Help Group