Y.A.L.E. School’s Audubon campus, located just off Routes 295 and 676, serves students 8 to 19 years of age with autism, autism spectrum disorders, or pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS).
The program operates classes in two buildings in public schools in Audubon. Younger students (8 to 14 years of age) attend classes in an elementary/middle school building, while older students (14 to 19 years of age) attend classes in a public high school. This allows opportunities for students to interact with typical peers on an individual basis.
The curriculum at our Audubon campus emphasizes functional academics and training in prevocational and life-skills. Older students receive vocational training, job sampling, and/or job coaching on an individual basis. Weekly community outings allow students to generalize the knowledge and skills they learn in classrooms.
The Audubon campus uses evidence-based instruction to improve students' access to the curriculum and strengthen their academics, independence, life skills, functional communications, fine and gross motor skills, and adaptive behavior.
Y.A.L.E. School Audubon Team Leaders:
Rachael Sautter, Ph.D., BCBA-D - Director of Educational Services for Y.A.L.E. School’s Autism Program.
Dr. Sautter has been with the Y.A.L.E. School since 2007.
She earned her Ph.D. in applied behavior analysis from Western Michigan University and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA-D). Dr. Sautter has conducted several research studies and her work has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals and books.
With more than 12 years of experience in the field of developmental disabilities, Dr. Sautter has worked as a behavioral therapist for children with a diagnosis of autism both at home and in public school settings. Dr. Sautter has also taught at Western Michigan University and served as a practicum supervisor for graduate and undergraduate students completing behavior analytic fieldwork.
Ann Davidson, M.A. - Principal and Director of Y.A.L.E. School’s Audubon campus.
Ann has been with the Y.A.L.E. family of programs for nearly 30 years. As the school leader, she supervises school operations, staff and programs, and provides overall administration.
She earned her undergraduate degree in political science from Susquehanna University and her teacher certification from Rowan University. She earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Rider University.
Ann began her career as a teacher assistant at Y.A.L.E. nearly 30 years ago and all of her educational training has been at Y.A.L.E. She has worked with students with a range of brain-based disabilities, including those with neurological and emotional disabilities, as well as those with autism spectrum disorders. Deeply committed to evidence-based special education, Ann works to ensure that teachers and aids at the Audubon campus are aware of and implementing the latest in research-based instruction.
Y.A.L.E. School Audubon Campus offers:
- Low student-to-staff ratio
- Small classes limited to eight students
- Highly-qualified teachers
- Weekly supervision by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)
- Small group instruction
- ABA-based instruction
- Data-based instruction and intervention
- A curriculum emphasizing functional academics, with a primary focus on prevocational and life-skills training
- Instructional strategies including errorless teaching, incidental teaching, strategy instruction, functional behavioral assessments, individualized activity schedules, and verbal behavior
- Individualized schedules of reinforcement
- Community-based instruction to promote generalization
- Frequent communication between school, home, and the student’s home district
- An extended school year program
- Transition consultations