About Advance LA
Advance LA was created to address the unique challenges and needs of the 18+ population and help answer the questions, “what happens next?” and “how to avoid failure to launch syndrome?” Through a range of programs and services, we help people who want to move forward in their lives but may need additional tools and guidance due to social or learning differences, including autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, executive functioning difficulties, learning differences, and others.
Our qualified staff and coaches provide resources, support, how to improve social skills, and training to those who may be struggling with the challenges of higher education, entering the workforce, independent living, and other issues. We take a personalized approach that helps them progress and provides what they need to lead a more fulfilling life.
We offer much-needed support based on individual needs in several key areas.
As an autistic person, Dr. Stephens is the first therapist who fully understood me and was able to give me hands-on coping tools that I could use without overwhelming me.
It’s important to feel safe with your therapist if you have struggled ever with feeling safe, and I do. I feel safe working with Heather. I feel like I can share anything and everything without judgment or having to censor myself.
My adult son is doing great because of his Advance LA Life Coach! I am so grateful for the assistance. My son’s Life Coach is helping him to learn how to interact in college-type environments and helping him improve his social skills which is exactly what I hoped for when I signed up with ALA. I am just thrilled with the Advance LA Life Skills Coaching Program!
“Sophia is great! I’m seeing a lot of progress and motivation. My son is doing great at work and hopefully it will move to full time. He already got a raise. He is starting to address health issues and social dating issues. I thought this might not ever happen!”
Advance LA is one of the signature programs of The Help Group, the largest nonprofit of its kind in the United States. Since 1975, The Help Group has worked with children, adolescents, and adults with special needs related to autism spectrum disorder, learning differences, ADHD, developmental delays, abuse, and emotional problems.