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Coaching, Consultations, Training & Workshops

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Welcome to the Forward Motion Coaching Web site. My name is Barbara Bissonnette, and since 2006 I have specialized in job and career development coaching for individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome (and similar autism spectrum profiles), and Nonverbal Learning Disorder. I also offer consultations for parents, training for professionals and services for employers.

Coaching for Individuals

As your coach, I provide the support, strategies, and tools that you need to: choose the right job or career … manage the job search process … learn interview skills … handle a disciplinary action … communicate with colleagues … meet employer expectations … plan a disclosure strategy … manage time, priorities and deadlines.

Together, we establish your goals and devise a step-by-step action plan for achieving them. We clarify your skills and abilities and explore how to make the most of your strengths. Additionally, we develop a practical plan for addressing challenges so that you can achieve your goals. Sessions are available in person in Massachusetts or nationwide via telephone or Skype. Contact me to arrange a complimentary, 30-minute session (click here for information). Or, learn more about the new Interview Intensive program for job seekers!

Consultations for Parents

Consultations offer objective feedback on options for post-secondary education and employment. In addition to a history of your son or daughter, services can include a review of educational or neuropsychological evaluations. You receive candid, practical suggestions based on my experience coaching hundreds of individuals with Asperger’s and NLD. Learn more.

Professional Training and Workshops

I offer a variety of training programs for professionals and employers, as well as workshops for individuals and parents. Click here for a description.

New Virtual Seminar! Finding Employment that Works for Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome is a full day training specifically for vocational rehabilitation specialists, job developers, career counselors and coaches, and other professionals. It explains how to guide these clients and students to a manageable job or career. Click here to learn more about the live, virtual seminar on July 19, 2018.

Workplace Accommodations: Whether, When and How to Disclose Asperger’s/Autism to an Employer.  This live, interactive event takes place on July 24, 2018, from 7:00 — 8:30pm US Eastern time. Individuals on the spectrum, parents and professionals welcome to attend. Click here to learn more and to register.

Employer Training, Consultations & Employee Coaching

Whether you wish to explore, start or expand a hiring initiative … increase the effectiveness of neurodiversity or inclusion programs … need guidance on managing existing employees … or need training for managers, I can help! Click here to learn more, and to download the free guide, The Employer’s Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome.

 

Barbara

Barbara A. Bissonnette

Certified Professional Coach

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Schedule a free, 1⁄2-hour sessionn to find out if coaching is right for you.

In-person coaching available in Massachusetts; Skype and telephone coaching available nationwide and in Europe. Call 617-690-2127 or email Barbara@ForwardMotion.info. There is no obligation. (One session per family, prospective new clients only.)

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Up-Coming Speaking Engagements

Navigating the Massachusetts Public and Private Supports and Service Systems, Saturday, February 4, 2017 (Snow date: February 5, 2017); Newton, MA. Sponsored by the AANE. For more information visit aane.org.