Our Voorhees campus, located off of Routes 295 and 30, in Voorhees, serves students 3 to 14 years of age with autism or pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS).
The program provides a full-day of educational programming, with extended school year services available. Each classroom offers a low student-to-staff ratio. Instruction is based on the principles and practices of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), an evidence-based treatment shown by research to be highly effective for students with an autism spectrum disorder.
To improve student outcomes, the goals in each student’s IEP are measured objectively and frequently and performance data are graphed. Changes to instruction and services are based on data trends, clinical conferences, parent conferences, and IEP requirements.
Y.A.L.E. School Voorhees 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 Voorhees 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 Voorhees campus are aware of and implementing the latest in research-based instruction.
Melissa Luczkiewicz, M.Ed. - Assistant Director of Educational Services at Y.A.L.E. School’s Voorhees campus.
Melissa has been with Y.A.L.E. since 2005. She is responsible for schoolwide staff training and supervision.
Melissa earned her master’s degree in special education from Temple University and her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers. She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA) in 2005. She also professionally certified as a Safety-Care trainer and is certified by the Crisis Prevention Institute as a trainer.
She began her work in the field of autism in 1999, and today works with educators to design and implement systemic approaches to helping students with autism learn, and reduce behavior that gets in the way of their success.
Rebecca Forrestel, Ph.D. BCBA-D - Behavior Analyst at Y.A.L.E. School’s Voorhees autism campus.
Rebecca has been with Y.A.L.E. since 2016. She conducts functional behavioral assessments, develops curriculum, supervises classroom teachers and teaching assistants, and provides staff training and supervision for the board certification in behavior analysis.
She earned a bachelor’s degree from Perdue University in speech-language pathology, her master’s degree in special education from Arcadia University, and her Ph.D. from Temple in educational psychology/special education. She is certified in the state of New Jersey as a teacher of the handicapped for grades K-12, and is a doctoral level Board Certified Behavior Analyst â (BCBA-D). She has particular interests in the scope and sequence of ABA based curricula, as well as evidence-based teaching procedures.
The Voorhees campus offers:
- Low student-to-staff ratio
- Small classes limited to 6-8 students
- Highly-qualified teachers
- Two on-site Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs)
- ABA-based instruction
- Data-based instruction and intervention
- A curriculum that stresses academics, life skills, functional communication, fine and gross motor skills, adaptive behaviors and independence
- Instructional strategies including errorless teaching, incidental teaching, functional behavioral assessments, individualized activity schedules and verbal behavior
- Individualized schedules of reinforcement
- Program supervision by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA)
- Frequent communication between school, home, and the student’s home district
- An extended school year program
- Transition consultation services