Theme for 4th Annual Advance LA Conference Announced!

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 create and maintain happiness through four building blocks of happiness: purpose, connection, optimism and grit.

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…

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…

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…

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.

Club LA Recap - Video Game Tournament

Thirteen young adults gathered on Sunday, November 16, to participate in the Club LA Video Game Tournament. A huge thank you to RV Arcade who provided their truck packed with state of the art gaming equipment. Participants were not limited to just video games – several of our participants enjoyed board games, too! Everyone had a blast!

p2p Recap - Independent Living

We had 13 parents join Advance LA for our monthly P2P meeting on Monday, November 3rd. This special group meets on the first Monday of each month to share successes and challenges in supporting young adults in their transition to increased independence. Among several topics discussed, parents shared that their young adults may be ready for that next step of independence, to live in an apartment, but they were concerned that there would not be adequate supports.


Coaches work with their young adults in a creative, innovative, and enjoyable way. We have created specially designed interventions based on our years of experience with youth and families, as well as the most up-to-date research. Family…


As a professional working with young adults or teens with special needs, you know how hard it is to locate quality support services for your clients. Many times, clients with special needs may have acquired a number of skills, but have trouble…