Coaching, Consultations, Training & Workshops
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.
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. Up-coming seminar: June 21, 2017, Austin, TX.
This seminar is also being presented at the Michigan Career Development Association annual conference, June 1—2, 2017 at Macomb Community College. The seminar is on June 1. There are discounted rates for MichCDA members. Participants can register for one or both days. For information and to register, visit the MichCDA Web site.
Employer Consultations & Employee Coaching
Employers: if you have smart, skilled employees who need to improve their communication skills or ability to manage their time and resources, coaching gets results. In addition, I offer training and consultations for human resources personnel and managers on how to utilize the abilities of employees who have Asperger’s Syndrome or similar autism spectrum profiles. Click here to learn more, and to download the free guide, The Employer’s Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome.