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Setting New Intentions for 2022

The pandemic seems to have placed us all in a new world. For some neurodivergent young adults, this is an exciting time filled with new possibilities. But other parents may find that their neurodivergent young adult children feel anxious or unsure about returning to what seems to be a new way of life. Thanksgiving 2021 may be a year of new traditions for your family or a time to find comfort in familiarity and traditions. Here are some tips for finding the holiday that works for you and your family.
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No Place Like Home For The Holidays

The pandemic seems to have placed us all in a new world. For some neurodivergent young adults, this is an exciting time filled with new possibilities. But other parents may find that their neurodivergent young adult children feel anxious or unsure about returning to what seems to be a new way of life. Thanksgiving 2021 may be a year of new traditions for your family or a time to find comfort in familiarity and traditions. Here are some tips for finding the holiday that works for you and your family.
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An Intentional Thanksgiving

The pandemic seems to have placed us all in a new world. For some neurodivergent young adults, this is an exciting time filled with new possibilities. But other parents may find that their neurodivergent young adult children feel anxious or unsure about returning to what seems to be a new way of life. Thanksgiving 2021 may be a year of new traditions for your family or a time to find comfort in familiarity and traditions. Here are some tips for finding the holiday that works for you and your family.
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Tips for Overcoming Dating Challenges

The parts of life that make daily life challenging for neurodivergent people can really come to the forefront when it comes to dating. The aspects of dating that include social cues, caring about another person’s perspective, and making small talk can be quite anxiety provoking for neurodivergent people. However, in talking with the young people in our Advance LA community, we often hear that they have a strong desire for dating and romance.
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Learning To Live With Uncertainty

As we are currently living in an uncertain time, it is understandable that neurodivergent students are feeling very anxious right now about what life will be like this fall semester. Anxiety is often defined as the fear of the unknown. It is a feeling of worry, or nervousness, brought about by a stressful event or an uncertain outcome.
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Combatting Covid-19 Re-Entry Anxiety

Life feels so different now. Last summer, many of us thought that life would soon be back to normal. Now, a year later and still dealing with a global pandemic, it can be hard to imagine life as it used to be. It is understandable that many neurodivergent young adults are resisting the transition back to former routines. Some psychologists are referring to this resistance as “Covid-19 Re-Entry Anxiety” and many of us are feeling this anxiousness as we slowly leave our homes and go back into the world.
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College Prep In The Summer Pays Off In The Fall

For college freshmen, July is the month for spending time at the beach, having a BBQ with friends, lounging in a hammock on a lazy afternoon – and preparing for the fall semester at college. Did that last part of that sentence give you pause? Neurodivergent young adults may not want to think about college life during the carefree summer months, but spending time in July working on college prep will have a big pay-off in September.
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The Mixed Emotions of Transition

From all of us at Advance LA, congratulations to the high school graduates! This is a huge milestone for a young person who has completed thirteen years of education. It is typical for high school seniors to experience mixed emotions as they participate in graduation ceremonies and parties. Feelings of fear, anxiety, and sadness, combined with relief, anticipation, and joy are all part of the normal graduation process.
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The Importance of “Soft Skills”

Proficiency of what is known as the “Soft Skills” is an important factor for independent adulthood. When is the time to start learning and practicing these soft skills? Now! The sooner an individual masters these skills, the better the chance of success in post-high school life.