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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 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.

New! Asperger’s/Autism Employment Coach Certification Begins 2/10/20!

This comprehensive, 12-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. A new group has formed and begins February 28. Meetings are from 10:00 — 11:30am Eastern time. If you are interested please email Barbara@ForwardMotion.info

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 March 5, 2020! 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. This event qualifies for GCDF credits. 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.

 

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Barbara A. Bissonnette

Certified Professional Coach

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Schedule a free, 1⁄2-hour session 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

I am participating on a panel discussing private vocational supports at the 2020 Jody Acford Conference, sponsored by the AANE, on January 11 at Bentley University in Waltham, MA. To register click here

Free Webinar, Navigating the Water Cooler & Beyond, Workplace Communication Skills on January 21, 2020. Join me from 1:00 to 2:00 pm Eastern time. The event is sponsored by the College Internship Program (CIP). There is no charge, but pre-registration is required. To learn more and register click here