Interview with our Keynote, Sonja Lyubomirsky, PhD

Advance LA is thrilled to welcome our Keynote Speaker, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D. to our 2015 Conference, The Science of Happiness: Purpose. Connection. Optimism. Grit. Why is the scientific study of happiness important? Most people believe that happiness is meaningful, desirable, and an important, worthy goal. Happiness is one of the most salient and significant dimensions of human experience and emotional life.  Not only does happiness yield numerous rewards for the individual, it makes ...
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Giving Thanks

This post is from guest blogger, K.S. - age 21 One of my favorite things about being in the Advance LA program is the ability to give back to the community through internships. Not only do internships give me a chance to help children like me succeed, they also help me prepare for future jobs. These experiences greatly reinforce how important it is for me to get a degree. Over the summer, I had the pleasure of continuing my internship at The Help Group’s Culver City Village Glen school. Du...
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Theme for 4th Annual Advance LA Conference Announced!

The Science of Happiness: Purpose. Connection. Optimism. Grit. Presenting cutting-edge research and best practices for young adults with autism, learning differences and ADHD Advance LA is thrilled to announce our 2015 Conference theme, The Science of Happiness: Purpose. Connection. Optimism. Grit.  The Advance LA Conference presents cutting-edge research and best practices for young adults with autism, learning differences and ADHD. This year’s theme strives to answer the question of how we c...
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Club LA Lounge – Winter Beach Party

A group of nine adults hung out at Club LA Lounge’s Winter Beach Party on Sunday, December 14th. The room was transformed into a comfortable indoor beach with splashes of blue, beach balls, sea shells, beach chairs, and a boogie board. As everyone relaxed and made new friends, many played Jenga, Uno, Connect 4, and various video games. Other participants shared music and drawings with one another. Everyone got a chance to experience unusual flavors in our soda tasting. Flavors included chocolate...
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The Help Group’s Advance LA announces 2015 Conference-The Science of Happiness: Purpose. Connection. Optimism. Grit.

December 10, 2014- Los Angeles, California: Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at the University of California - Riverside, will be the Keynote Speaker at the 4th annual Advance LA Conference. Dr. Lyubomirsky, along with other experts, will address this year’s theme “The Science of Happiness: Purpose. Connection. Optimism. Grit.” Registration is now open for the conference, which will be hosted at the American Jewish University on Friday, May 1, 2015. This one-of-a-kind confere...
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Club LA Recap – Speed Friend-ing

Twelve excited and sociable adults participated in Club LA’s Speed Friend-ing event on Sunday, December 8th. Participants talked with one another in pairs for five minutes each before switching to a new conversation partner. Keeping conversations short kept it lively and enabled people to quickly discover common interests. Topics included movies, music, games, and much more.  Afterwards, everyone hung out, had some refreshments, talked, and played board games or card games. It was a fun afternoo...
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How to Survive and Thrive: Living With Your Young Adult Child

Many parents are familiar with “Failure to Launch,” the experience of a young adult who is not ‘moving forward’ in the way they, as parents, had hoped.  This phenomenon is especially difficult for parents with young adults with autism, executive functioning difficulties, ADHD, and other social or emotional issues. Advance LA held a workshop for a full room of local parents eager to learn how they can survive and thrive with their adult children still living at home.  One important piece of th...
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