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?
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
Embrace repetition ;)
and most of all, always be adapting to the changing variables which are inherent in human interactions!