for Teens & Young Adults

One-on-One Coaching

Advance LA’s one-on-one coaching helps people who want to progress in their life, but may feel “stuck” or experiencing failure to launch syndrome and need some help. Our coaching program is unique as we provide a comprehensive range of services for young adults ages 18-29 with diverse challenges including autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, learning differences, executive functioning issues, anxiety, and social/emotional issues. We take goals and dreams that seem impossible and help create a road map to success.

We value working with other industry professionals and take a team-based approach to success. Whenever possible, we collaborate with family members, therapists and psychologists, psychiatrists, and others to provide a comprehensive program based on what you need.

Advance LA works with young adult with:

autism spectrum disorder


learning differences

executive functioning issues


social emotional issues

because we do the following

Coaching works

Our one-to-one Life Skills Coaches meet with their clients in person or remotely using Skype, Zoom, FaceTime or phone. Our coaches assist our clients in the areas of academics/study skills, time management, organization, executive functioning, job obtainment and maintenance, health/wellness, social engagement/dating skills, and independent living skills. Through our work, we hope to inspire personal growth and development, offer a sense of mastery and accomplishment, and allow each client to “advance” to greater levels of independence.


  • Assistance and preparedness with homework assignments, projects, and presentations
  • New study skills and note-taking strategies
  • Exploration of interests and passions to determine academic goals
  • Support higher education endeavors
    • Complete application process
    • Find and access helpful campus services and get one-on-one support

Dating & Relationship

  • Gain the confidence and skills needed for dating
  • Learn the importance of good hygiene, grooming, and how to dress for a date
  • Acquire the skills needed to start and maintain a conversation with a new acquaintance
  • Become proficient in sending appropriate text messages and planning dating activities
  • Learn how to be a kind and supportive romantic partner and create healthy romantic relationships


  • Organizational skills
    • Set up a weekly schedule
    • Manage time
    • Remember important dates and responsibilities
  • Establish and track goals
  • Improve problem-solving skills


  • Establish and manage a budget
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Healthy meal preparation
  • Use public transportation / obtaining a driver’s license
  • Personal grooming
  • Understand how to live independently


  • Determine strengths and interests
  • Explore job and career paths
  • Improve communication skills
  • Successful job hunting
    • Completing an application
    • Practicing interview techniques
    • Identifying strategies for keeping the job


  • How to develop long-lasting social relationships
  • Improving social skills
  • Appropriate groups for meeting others and reducing isolation
  • Meet new people and establish a connection
  • Learn ways to initiate and maintain healthy romantic relationships


  • Healthy eating and exercise habits
  • Practical guidance on incorporating healthy habits into daily routine
  • Stressors and how to address them

What does a typical session look like?

Every Advance LA coaching session is individual and unique, so there is no such thing as a typical session. We provide one-on-one coaching where you need it most. If there are challenges at school, we will hold sessions on campus and in the classroom. If the issues are at work, we will go to your place of employment or a job fair. If the issues are more socially-driven, we will go out to a social event and work with you there. We also conduct sessions at your home or in the community. Session content is goal-oriented and is determined by you and your coach. Together, you will go into the world, try new things, explore, and learn new skills. At the end of the session, your coach may discuss “homework” and plans for the next meeting. Experience has shown that most Advance LA young adults enjoy their coaching sessions. They are working on things they want to accomplish with a person they like and trust – and having fun along the way. Contact us today to find out how coaching can help you!

What People Are Saying About Us


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.

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