David Loyst, MSc.

David has been working with children and families for over 30 years.  Initially as a Speech Language Pathologist and for the past couple of decades as a Behavioural Consultant and Parent Coach/Educator.

Mr. Loyst noticed that the common behaviourist parenting techniques of consequences and time-outs (that he initially advocated!!) did not work for the children he worked with or for his family. Instead they seemed to cause an increase in anxiety and stress, and a breaking down of relationships, ultimately leading to a shutting down of their social/emotional development. These observations led Mr. Loyst to the study of developmental attachment parenting and the implications for educational environments.

Beyond his professional practice, Mr. Loyst noticed that as a parent that he didn’t always implement what he intended. He would catch himself suddenly doing or saying something to his children that he knew was not right. He was inspired by his own challenges to learn about the workings of his mind and how to care for himself so that he could truly lead and care for his children.  

In addition to his one to one clinical work, Mr. Loyst has presented dozens of workshops for professionals and families to great acclaim.  His presentations at provincial and national conferences have led to workshops, consultations and pilot projects with preschool and school aged children across Canada.

Mr Loyst is the Co-Director of The Wishing Star alongside Dr Vanessa Lapointe.

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