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Meet the Y.A.L.E. School Professionals: Dr. Rachael Sautter

Dr. Rachael Sautter is currently the Director of Educational Services for the Y.A.L.E. School Autism Program.  Dr. Sautter earned her Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University and is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D).  She has been working in the areas of behavior analysis and developmental disabilities for 12 years.  Her training and clinical experience have included working as a behavior specialist in day programs for adults with developmental disabilities and Alzheimer’s Disease,  working as a behavioral therapist for children with a diagnosis of autism both at home and in public school settings, working as a behavior consultant for three ABA/VB classrooms within several Michigan public schools, and working as a therapist and assistant supervisor at the Western Michigan University Center for Autism (Diagnostic Clinic, Parent Training Clinic and Problem Behavior Clinic).

Dr. Sautter has also taught a variety of undergraduate courses at Western Michigan University including courses on child development and an introduction to behavior analysis.  She was also a practicum supervisor for graduate and undergraduate students completing behavior analytic field work at a senior day center and in ABA/VB classrooms for children with a diagnosis of autism.  Additionally Dr. Sautter has presented numerous papers at various behavior analytic conferences.  Her research and clinical interests include applications of Skinner’s functional analysis of verbal behavior, assessment and treatment of disruptive behavior, curriculum development for children with a diagnosis of autism, and behavior analytic approaches to staff training and development.  Dr. Sautter has conducted several research studies and her work has been published in a variety of peer reviewed journals and books.  Please click here to see her publications

As the Director of Educational Services for the Y.A.L.E. School Autism Program, Dr. Sautter works collaboratively with the other clinical staff for the purposes of coordinating admissions, conducting on going, school-wide staff training and supervision, conducting Functional Behavior Assessments and Analyses, developing behavior intervention plans based on results of Functional Assessments, conducting parent training workshops, and designing and implementing curriculum and skill acquisition programs for individual students in conjunction with the classroom teacher.