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 Zoom. Contact me to arrange a complimentary, 30-minute session (click here for information). Or, learn more about the 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.
Asperger’s/Autism Employment Coach Certification for Spring 2024 Begins February 8!
This comprehensive, 8-week program takes place live over the Internet. Participants will learn how to coach adults on the spectrum to choose the right job/career, find employment, and stay hired. In addition to weekly sessions, the program features a supervised practicum. Click here to 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.
Vocational Rehabilitation and DDS Professionals: Employment Success for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum Begins January 23, 2024! This in-depth program features 6 weekly sessions, live over the Internet. Participants will learn how to help consumers to choose the right job or career, find employment and stay hired. It qualifies for 9 CRC credits. To learn more click here.
Finding Employment that Works for Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome/Autism professional development seminar 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. Click here for information.
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.