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Advance LA's 2012 Summer College Institute for Young Adults with Special Needs

Advance LA's Summer College Institute is an exciting program for young people with unique challenges, preparing for life after high school.

Los Angeles, CA, June 08, 2012 --( Advance LA is pleased to announce its newest program, the 2012 Summer College Institute.

The Summer College Institute offers young adults an independent living experience on a college campus. The weeklong program will be filled with engaging activities and new friends in an environment where participants can learn and practice the skills necessary to be successful in college and/or career pursuits.

Situated in the picturesque Santa Monica Mountains, the Summer College Institute will take place on the campus of American Jewish University and offers both a residential and day option. Residents will stay in college dorms for the full experience of college life while day participants will attend from 10am to 6pm each day.

The Advance LA Summer College Institute is open to young people preparing for transition to college or those already enrolled who need additional skill building or support. The individualized n program serve participants with a wide variety of needs and diagnoses including: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, executive functioning difficulties, and other learning differences.

Highlights of the program include: Stress-management techniques, development and strengthening of executive functioning skills, organization, time management, communication and self-advocacy skills, and the opportunity to make new friends.

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 facing unique challenges in their transition to independence. The Summer College Institute will be led by Amy Griffiths, PhD, Director of Advance LA; Rachel Round, MA, Program Coordinator of Advance LA; and Janlyn Underwood, MFT, a professional college and career counselor at The Help Group.

For information on Advance LA, The Summer College Institute, and the program application, please visit or call Rachel Round at 818-397-8407.

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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