Y.A.L.E School’s Mullica Township campus, located in Elwood near the White Horse Pike and Atlantic City Expressway, serves students 3 to 14 years of age with autism spectrum disorders.
The program provides full-day, educational programming, with extended school year services available. Classrooms offer low student-to-staff ratios. Instruction is based on the principles and practices of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), an evidence-based treatment shown by research to be highly effective. The Mullica Township campus operates within a public elementary school, giving students the opportunity to receive highly specialized services in a setting offering interactions with typical peers.
To improve student outcomes, every goal in a student’s IEP is measured objectively and frequently. Performance data are often graphed. Changes to each student’s instruction and services are based on data trends, clinical conferences, parent conferences, and IEP requirements.
Y.A.L.E. School Mullica Township 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.
Barry Walker, B.A., - Campus Supervisor at Y.A.L.E.’s Mullica Township and Cedar Creek Campuses.
Barry joined the staff at Y.A.L.E. School's Northfield campus in 2000, where he worked with students with social and behavioral difficulties for more than a decade. In 2012, he moved to the Mullica campus’s school-within-a-school program serving students on the autism spectrum. He was instrumental in establishing the Cedar Creek program.
Barry holds a bachelors degree in Marketing from Stockton College and has studied special education at Rowan University.
A career educator, Barry has found his passion working with students on the autism spectrum.
The Mullica Township campus offers:
- Low student-to-staff ratio
- Small classes limited to eight students
- Highly-qualified teachers
- ABA-based instruction
- Data-based instruction and intervention
- Curriculum focused on academics, life skills, functional communication, fine and gross motor skills, adaptive behaviors, and greater independence
- Instructional strategies, including errorless teaching, incidental teaching, functional behavioral assessments, individualized activity schedules and verbal behavior
- Individualized schedules of reinforcement
- Opportunities for interaction with typical peers provided on an individualized basis
- Program supervision by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA)
- Frequent communication between school, home, and the student’s home district
- On-site parent education and training programs
- An extended school year program