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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 9/16/19!

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.

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 on November 21, 2019! 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.

 

Barbara

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

Autism Spectrum Education Network (ASPEN) spring conference, keynote speaker, April 7, 2019 in New Jersey. Details are at www.aspennj.org

Getting a Job When You Have Asperger’s/Autism: free workshop sponsored by the Boston Public Library. April 17, 2019, from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Central Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA. Registration is required. To register, please go to https://bit.ly/2NCtLFy. For more information, contact Katie Devine at the Boston Public Library: kdevine@bpl.org.