David Loyst has an undergraduate degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Western Ontario and a master’s degree from UBC's School of Audiology and Speech Sciences (Speech Pathology stream). For the past 2 decades, David has focused his practice on Autism consulting and is not a registered Speech Language Pathologist.
He has over 25 years of experience practicing in hospitals, child development centres, childcare centres, schools and home-based intensive intervention programs.
He has training and clinical experience in several autism intervention approaches including Traditional/Lovaas ABA, Floortime/DIR, Verbal Behaviour (Introductory and Advanced workshops), SCERTS, and Relationship Development Intervention (RDI - Introductory workshop and Beginning Seminar).
Based on research and clinical practice, David developed Reference and Regulate in 2006 to address the core deficits of autism. David and his team at Loyst and Associates have provided consulting and intensive intervention services to hundreds of families in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island since they began providing services in 2001. In 2009, Loyst and Associates were honoured with an award from the BC Centre for Ability for their work. David is listed as a Behavioural Consultant on the BC Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP) list
and meets the requirements to design, implement and oversee an intensive intervention program for children with ASD. David provides consulting services for R&R autism intervention services in Vancouver, BC and development projects across Canada.
David has completed the Level 1 and Level 2 intensive, and several other courses with the Neufeld Institute. These courses have made sense of how attachment theory underlies the challenges for a child with ASD and has lead to incorporated developmental/attachment based principles into intervention and work with families.
Since developing R&R®, David has presented over 100 workshops for professionals and families to great acclaim. His presentations at the 2008 British Columbia Speech Language Pathologists Annual Conference and the 2010 and 2014 Canadian Association of Speech Language Pathologists Annual Conferences, have led to workshops, consultations and pilot projects with preschool and school aged children with ASD across Canada. See a list of David's R&R workshop presentations