APPROACH

Dave Macarchick's approach is motivation-based, intuitive, pragmatic and playful.

Dave draws from and variety of intervention programs and techniques but is not limited to using one particular program  (Pivotal Response Treatment, DIR/Floortime, Applied Behavior Analysis, Functional Communication, Sensory Integration, Executive Function Training,  and more).

 

He has created and developed many of his own coaching techniques in his 25-year career.

He views his work as a craft which is constantly being honed and adapted to fit each client's needs.

He is a combination of coach, advocate, interpreter and entertainer (think voice-activated Muppet).

WHAT ARE THE FUNDAMENTALS OF DAVE'S METHOD?

Build Trust

Empathize

Show genuine respect

Focus on strengths not weaknesses

Follow lead instead of imposing agenda

Positively reinforce communication with immediacy and consistency

Quickly figure out motivators

Go for smiles and laughter

Know more sucesses equal more openness to new and harder challenges

Make challenges into fun games

Be aware of challenges crossing the line into frustration

Adjust the pace of challenges 

Improvise

Embrace repetition

Embrace repetition

Embrace repetition ;)

and most of all, always be adapting to the changing variables which are inherent in human interactions!