PREP. LAUNCH. ELEVATE.: The Help Group's Advance LA First Conference Supporting Teens & Young Adults In Their Transition To Independence

Apr 25, 2012, 17:32 ET from Advance LA

SHERMAN OAKS, Calif., April 25, 2012 /PR Newswire-USNewswire/ -- PREP. LAUNCH. ELEVATE. – A Conference Supporting Teens & Young Adults in Their Transition to Independence, will be held on Friday, May 11, 2012 at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. 

The conference, generously sponsored by Advance LA, is an innovative program of The Help Group, which 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.

The conference will feature 22 experts presenting cutting-edge information in their respective fields. The sessions will address the needs of young people including those 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," Lidia Zylowska, M.D., "Preparing for Transition to Independence: A Mindfulness-Based Approach," Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D., BCBA "Evidence Based Practices and Quality of Life for Young Adults with Autism" and Lars Perner, Ph.D. "Being Nerdy where Nerdy can be Cool: Preparing for and Surviving College 101."

For detailed information and a full list of presenters, registration and sponsorship opportunities, please visit or call 818-778-7140.

About Advance LA

Advance LA offers three highly specialized, individualized and scientifically-based programs – prep, launch, elevate – which are age-specific and focused on developing and implementing interventions that are practical, successful and accessible.

Services include one-on one coaching; workshops for teens, young adults, parents and professionals; social opportunities including Club LA, and college/career planning.

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. Its 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 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.