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Dating for Young Adults with Diverse Challenges

  Oh, February - the month where the focus is on romance and dating. For all of us, dating can be nerve-wracking and anxiety-inducing. For neurodiverse young adults, dating can be particularly challenging due to a lack of self-confidence…
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How to Set Realistic Goals for the New Year

  The beginning of a New Year is an opportune time for setting a goal and looking forward to the wonderful feeling of achieving it. As an Advance LA Life Skills Coach, I teach my clients the important skill of goal setting. I…
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Returning To College With A New Outlook

Parents of college freshmen look forward to their child coming home for the Winter break. But parental excitement can turn to worry when their child announces that they do not want to return to college after the holiday. This is not an unusual…
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Helping Young Adults After A Wildfire

Experiencing a wildfire can be frightening and traumatic. Seeing the devastation to homes and communities can be overwhelming and can undermine an individual’s sense of security. The wildfires in Calabasas, Agoura, Westlake, and Thousand Oaks…
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10 Tips to Keep Holiday Stress at Bay for Young Adults

Holidays bring fun and joy - and also a fair amount of stress! Decorating, holiday visits, and shopping for gifts can be overwhelming for all family members. You may notice that your adult child with special needs is feeling overwhelmed and…
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5 Reasons to Join ALA's Parent2Parent Support Group

Joining a support group is a wonderful way to practice self-care. A support group can be a source of information as well as a safe place to share your experience with other people who are in similar circumstances.   Here are 5 reasons…
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Strategies for Avoiding the Homework Battles

Homework. Just the sight of that word is enough to make some parents weep with frustration. One of the most frequent issues that arise in parenting counseling is the afternoon battle over homework. There is usually a vicious cycle at play:…
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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…

Giving Thanks

I am very thankful for the opportunity to gain this valuable work experience and for the chance to share the campers’ excitement. It is a great feeling to help campers try activities they have never done before.