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.
Professional Development Seminar! Finding Employment that Works for Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome/Autism is a full day training specifically for career counselors, disability services providers, vocational rehabilitation and transition specialists, job developers, and other professionals. It explains how to guide these clients and students to a manageable job or career. The live, virtual event takes place over the Internet on February 28, 2019. Event qualifies for GCDF credits. For info and to register, click here
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.