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      The Help Group's Advance LA Transition Conference in Los Angeles

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      May 11, 2012

      Friday   7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

      15600 Mulholland Dr.
      Los Angeles, California 90077

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      The Help Group's Advance LA Transition Conference

      Advance LA, an innovative program of The Help Group, provides individualized support services including one-on-one life skills coaching and workshops for teens and young adults with unique challenges in their transition to independence.

      Advance LA is pleased to present its first annual conference for parents and professionals, “Prep. Launch Elevate: Supporting Teens & Young Adults in their Transition to Independence”. The conference will feature 22 experts presenting cutting-edge information in their respective fields. The sessions will focus on the needs of young people with autism, Asperger’s disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), executive functioning difficulties, learning disabilities, mental health issues including dual diagnosis and substance abuse recovery. Practical solutions for a successful transition to work, college, and independent living will be addressed. The Advance LA Conference is open to parents, educators, clinicians, researchers, graduate and undergraduate students and will provide attendees with eight continuing education credits.

      Key featured speakers and their topics include Richard Guare, Ph.D., D-BCBA "Executive Skills in Adolescents and Young Adults: Strategies for Assessment and Intervention," Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D., "Mindfulness and Stress Reduction During the Transition Process,” Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D, BCBA "Evidence Based Practices and Quality of Life for Young Adults with Autism" and panel moderator Sarita Freedman, Ph.D., “What You Need to Know: Identifying and Accessing Resources on a College Campus.”

      For information on Advance LA, a full list of presenters, registration and sponsorship opportunities, please visit or call 818-779-5198.

      About the Help Group
      Founded in 1975, The Help Group is the largest, most innovative and comprehensive nonprofit of its kind in the United States serving children with special needs related to autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, ADHD, developmental delays, abuse and emotional problems.
      The Help Group's seven specialized day schools offer pre-K through high school programs for more than 1,400 students. The Help Group's broad range of mental health and therapy services, child abuse and residential programs extends its reach to more than 6,000 children and their families each year. With more than 900 staff members, The Help Group's state-of-the-art schools and programs are located on six campuses in the Los Angeles area.
      The Help Group is widely regarded for its high standards of excellence, unique scope and breadth of services. Through its public awareness, professional training and parent education programs and efforts at the state and national levels, The Help Group touches the lives of children with special needs across the country and in other parts of the world.
      At the heart of its effort is the commitment to helping young people fulfill their potential to lead positive, productive and rewarding lives.

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