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Get A Jump Start On The Fall By Practicing Skills During The Summer!

Many recent high school graduates view the summer months as a long celebration of the end of high school. And, of course, we want our recent grads to spend time at the beach, enjoy lazy afternoons, and warm summer evening barbeques.
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Happy Graduation! Cheers To New Adventures!

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.
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Is My Adult Child Addicted To Video Games?

If you are a parent of a young adult who spends most of their time playing video games, you are not alone. It is now such a common issue that there is a national support group, olganon, for parents of adult children with video game addiction.
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The Benefits of Psychotherapy in Autism: Addressing Anxiety, Depression, and Trauma Through Therapy

April is Autism Acceptance Month and this month's webcast was designed to present the latest research on mental health issues in autism spectrum disorder and provide information on the most up-to-date and innovative therapies for helping autistic youth and their parents cope with these challenges.
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Autism Acceptance Month

April is Autism Acceptance Month, a time to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism, and to provide continued support, kindness, and compassion for the Autism Community. The hope is to ignite change through improved support and opportunities in all areas of life including education, employment, and independent living.
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Want To Feel Motivated? Create a Routine!

Neurodivergent young adults often have plans for their future but are waiting to feel “motivated” before moving forward. There is a common belief that someone or something can get a person motivated, and if that one elusive thing can be found, then motivation will magically occur. Alas, if only that were true!
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Looking For Love? Start with Friendship!

Our clients often share with their Advance LA Life Skills Coaches that they hope to find love and romance, while also acknowledging that creating friendships can be a challenge. Our Coaches approach this situation by helping their clients to first shore up their friendship skills before embarking on the search to find love. The premise for this approach is that sometimes a friendship evolves into a romance, and sometimes a friend is a friend for life - both are delightful outcom
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Setting New Intentions for 2022

New year, new opportunities! January is the perfect time to reflect, dream, prepare and set intentions. Setting intentions is the act of stating what you intend to accomplish through your own choices and actions. It is your own personal commitment to what you want to happen in your life. When you are intentional about something, your focus is fully in the moment and you think about who you are, what you do, and why you do it. Setting an intention is one strategy that can help you achieve your goals.
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No Place Like Home For The Holidays

As the saying goes, “there’s no place like home for the holidays” – and even after all of the time we have spent indoors, home can still feel comforting. We may not have our traditional celebrations, office parties, or special get-togethers with close friends because we are still dealing with the pandemic. But for some neurodivergent folks, celebrating on a lesser scale may be a blessing in disguise.