Dave is the Executive Director of The Community School. Dave is involved in every aspect of the entire program, including counseling, teaching and support, curriculum design, and administration. He is a licensed counselor (LPC) who specializes in working with children, adolescents, adults, and their families with a focus on developing the interactive, emotional, and learning capabilities of all individuals. He also specializes in helping parents understand and address the variety of issues in nurturing the growth of a challenging child.
Based on his experience using Stanley Greenspan’s Developmental, Individual-difference, Relationship-based approach (DIR/Floortime) with his own son who was diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder at age three, he changed careers to begin working with children facing developmental and learning challenges. Prior to opening The Community School in 2005, he started a middle/high school program at another specialized school in the metropolitan Atlanta area. Through his work with adolescents in school settings, he is on the forefront of creating and implementing curricula that integrates social-emotional development and intellectual learning.
Dave has an M.S. in Counseling and an M.A. in English Literature from Georgia State University, as well as an M.B.A. from Duke University. He is licensed as a professional counselor in the state of Georgia. He has a DIR expert certificate and is a DIR Training Leader.
Dave Nelson and the staff of The Community School offer a range of counseling and support services to families, including individual counseling, floortime therapy, family counseling, tutoring, and additional services. To learn more, please contact The Community School main office at 404-308-8548, or go to The Community School website for more information.