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Prior to coaching with Autism Personal Coach, Bernard taught college writing. Bernard is also an editor, who uses the skills they’ve acquired helping people meet their writing goals to helping those on the spectrum meet their various life goals. Bernard holds a Ph.D. in creative writing and literature; their primary interests are literature and writing, as well as film, cats, and the video game Rocket League. Because Bernard is autistic with multiple neurodivergences, including ADHD and dyscalculia, they are also deeply interested in neurodiversity. They believe that despite the struggles neurodivergents face while navigating a neurotypical society, neurodivergence is a set of evolutionary advantages, gifts, and that once challenges are faced and worked through, neurodivergents can learn to fully utilize their neurodivergence as advantages, using their atypical traits to achieve their goals. You can learn more about Bernard’s work at: bernardgrant.com
My own personal experience is my greatest asset as a coach. I am late-diagnosed autistic and I live with all neurodivergent individuals. That means I have had to develop plans and strategies for myself and my family that work and last long-term. I use this experience to tailor goals and strategies for my clients that are realistic and effective. Prior to coaching, I was a special education teacher and worked in higher education, so I can assist in determining and acquiring school and workplace accommodations. I’m a big believer in getting my clients to self-advocate and get the accommodations they need, both at work and at home. In my personal time, I enjoy cooking, video games, anime, traveling, gardening, and spending time with my family and pets.
I earned my Master’s in Counseling from Kent State University which has led me to teach disabled people for 15 years. Now as a coach I help autistic people to become better able to manage details, especially when they overwhelmed. I also act as a neutral third party, and helps keep the families I support working together in a positive mindset. If you love Cleveland sports than I could be a great fit for you as a coach as I am an avid sports fan who loves my Browns, Indians and Cavs.
Clients have told me that my calm, pleasant personality makes it easy to get to know me and helps to decrease their stress levels. Working together, we’ll explore your interests, talents, and connections, while enriching your relationships with family, friends, and community. When I am not working, I love family time, hiking, camping, fishing, and simply enjoying the peace and beauty of the outdoors. I also enjoy taking on remodeling projects for the feeling of setting a goal and then working through ups and downs to achieve the end result. I aim to continuously learn new things and explore new opportunities in order to better myself so that I can better help others.
It's my job to build an informed and empowering team of Personal Coaches, to ensure they're matched up with the right clients, and to keep everything running smoothly behind the scenes. I also host the podcast Autism Stories, which reflects APC's Autistic-centered strategy by elevating the personal viewpoints of #ActuallyAutistic people. I'm passionate about training to run marathons, eating at new restaurants, enjoying a hot cup of coffee, and watching way too many TV shows.
My passion is empowering clients, and I specialize in customizing programs to help them reach their desired goals. Some of the things we can work on include learning to support your own sensory needs, improving time management and prioritization skills, developing self-advocacy skills, and getting a job that works for you. During my free time I enjoy singing, going on hikes, reading books, cooking, kickboxing, canoeing, journaling, exploring thrift stores with my friends, camping,, and watching science fiction or anime shows with my husband. The top three things I find most comforting are: playing with animals, listening to the rain, and drinking a hot cup of coffee in the morning.
I help clients by meeting them where they are. If you’re facing a stressful situation, I’ll work with you to identify your objectives and practice useful strategies. I can provide you with valuable insights and helpful tools, thanks to my experiences as an educator and with my own neurodiverse family members. Personally, I am particularly interested in health and fitness. I enjoy aerobics, yoga, light weight training, and run local 5k races. I also love writing and contribute to a variety of educational blogs and research outlets.
If you are looking to get started with a Coach and live in the Cincinnati area, I’ll be your first point of contact. We will get together for your intake meeting, and our conversation will help me to choose the best Coach for you. Outside of coaching, I love watching dramas, fantasy, and science fiction, both on television and in live theater. I immensely enjoy being part of the theatrical production process as well, and help to put on three stage plays each year.
Joy is the factor that drives me through life, and I very much believe in its powers to heal, sustain, and unite people under the banner of community. As a coach, I believe in helping people embrace their joys in life—through special interests, hobbies, experiences, and loved ones. I very much enjoy being a jack-of-all-trades and knowing a little about a lot of subjects. Some of my hobbies are fiction writing, playing and developing video games, drawing, sewing, bookmaking, playing harmonica, animals, science, philosophy, science fiction and fantasy media. I grew up doing horseback riding and krav maga as well. I joined Autism Personal Coach after 7 years of leadership positions in autism and disability advocacy. As a self-advocate and coach, my focuses include the social model of disability, the intersection of autism and other identities, and taking a trauma-informed approach with clients.
My experience and listening skills allow me to coach in a way that guides conversations toward solutions and uncovers new outcomes for past problems. I have the positive outlook that there’s a solution to every problem, and that all goals are obtainable–no matter the obstacles! I love challenging myself to achieve my personal goals in fitness, organization, and time management. I love being outside, cooking, and enjoying all the events Cleveland has to offer with my family and two dogs!
As a Coach and therapist, I help clients reduce anxiety by using positive coping techniques and breaking down tasks into more manageable goals. Clients have benefited from my experience in creating and managing their daily schedules, identifying potential jobs and obtaining them, and increasing their social networks. Some of my favorite things are nature, animals, and water sports. My fondness for animals began as a child when I found stray dogs and cats in my neighborhood and then worked to find them new homes. Now that I have my own home, I have enjoyed learning about and gardening with plants and flowers that attract native birds. I am especially interested in hummingbirds and woodpeckers! I find the ocean and other large bodies of water very calming and enjoy waterskiing and jet skiing when on vacation.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with everyday tasks. That’s why I enjoy helping clients to create a plan that will help them be more successful in achieving these goals. We work together to schedule tasks according to their optimal work time, break them into smaller more manageable pieces, and clearly communicate expectations to all those involved. I try to apply these same strategies to my own life. When I’m not working or spending time with my family, I enjoy reading and running. I am very passionate about both of these hobbies as they allow me to relax in different ways!