Dave Macarchick began his career in the field of neurodiversity in 1993 at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. This was 5 years before the term neurodiversity was coined. Trained in old-school power and control techniques guised in positive reinforcement token systems, he quickly figured out through failure after failure that there had to be a better way. He started developing his own techniques by using empathy, observation and play. These foundational tools have led to thousands of behavioral and developmental successes ever since.
Dave left the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 1999 and started his private practice. He has since worked with hundreds of clients across the United States. He has consulted and collaborated with educators, school administrators, speech therapists, occupational therapists, music therapists, behavioral therapists, child and family therapists and medical professionals.
Dave is also a musician, filmmaker, actor, screenwriter and game inventor.
Dave earned his bachelor's degree in Journalism from Temple University in Philadelphia. How does journalism relate? Acute oservational skills and asking the right questions are invaluable in his work.