Y.A.L.E. School Audubon Campus

Campus Description

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

Audubon Campus Details
AddressAudubon HS 350 Edgewood Ave. Audubon, NJ 08106
Phone(856) 473-3179
Fax(856) 522-0799
AdmissionsDr. Rachael Sautter
(856) 346-0007 ext. 103
EmailEmail this campus
Age range8 to 19
DiagnosesAutism, PDD-NOS
TypeSchool-within-a-school

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Testimonials about Y.A.L.E. School Audubon

Jean R.

Parent

“Y.A.L.E. has changed not only my son’s life but my life as well. The changes in my son are immeasurable. For years, just getting him to school was a challenge. Every day was a battle. Today, after only a few months, he gets on the bus daily, without challenge and looks forward to his school day. He participates in gym including being goalie for hockey and even attempting basketball! Despite many years of encouragement he had never participated or engaged in any sport or athletic event before.  (more…)

Daniel W.

Parent

“Y.A.L.E. is largely responsible for saving a “lost child”. George was floundering at his public middle school, both academically and socially. He has become indiscernible from any typical child, thanks to Y.A.L.E.!”

Fallon D.

sister

“A few weeks ago I visited the Green Tech Lab in Cherry Hill with my mom to observe my brother, Zachary D.  We arrived at Green Tech prior to the students’ arrival.  As the students were approaching the building, Zachary had a meltdown on the bus ride.  Several staff members were needed to assist Zachary in order to calm him before entering Green Tech. We waited inside with Mr. James who updated us towards Zachary’s status.  The staff handled the situation in a way that left an impression on me even days after this occurred.  They did this so calmly, professionally, and reliably, that I could tell that they all knew exactly how to handle this kind of situation.  I was extremely impressed and I felt so secure knowing that my brother has great teachers like these.  Zachary is so blessed to be going to such an amazing school, and I know from that from this experience that he is being led in the right direction.  I was in awe over how incredibly they handled a situation like this.  I am so pleased and grateful to know that Zachary is going somewhere every day where he is so deeply cared for and loved.  I also just wanted to thank all of the amazing staff that is taking such good care of my brother.  They all go above and beyond expectations, and are wonderful at what they do.  Thank you so much for letting me witness how great this school is for my brother.”

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