Elizabeth A. Sautter, MA, CCC- is a licensed speech and language pathologist and co-director and co-owner of Communication Works (CW), a private practice providing speech, language, and social therapy in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has worked with preschool to adult clients and their families since 1996 in private practice, schools, and hospitals.
Elizabeth began her career working at a school with severely impaired children with behavioral challenges. In this school, she spent eight years as part of a collaborative team whose members worked to increase functional communication with the goal of decreasing undesired behavior.
After having her own children, Elizabeth followed her professional passion for supporting those with social, self-regulation, and executive functioning (i.e. social regulation) challenges and started CW as a private center providing individual and group therapy. Following the needs of the clients and community, she began to provide parent trainings, school consultation, summer camps, and social hangouts in order to support the whole child, family, and community. CW is also a non-public agency (NPA) providing services to public and private schools. The CW center is now run by Seven Bridges Therapy, where Elizabeth is a consultant. CW continues to provide school-based speech, language, and social support.
Currently, Elizabeth provides training, consultation, supervision, and program development in schools and organizations as well as presentations on social regulation in the US and Canada. She works closely with Leah Kuypers, who developed the Zones of Regulation curriculum®, and she is a collaborative trainer on the Zones.
Elizabeth thrives on learning and developing functional and creative intervention tools and programs to support both clients and therapists. She is passionate about collaborating with other professionals and parents. She has completed a mentorship and internship with Michelle Garcia Winner, Stephanie Madrigal, and Pamela Crooke, and has co-authored two popular children’s books about whole body listening, Whole Body Listening Larry at Home and Whole Body Listening Larry at School.
Her most recent book, Make Social Learning Stick! How to Guide and Nurture Social Competence Through Everyday Routines and Activities, offers nearly 200 activities to help kids navigate the social world at home and in the community. Elizabeth wrote the book to provide parents and caregivers with practical tools for building social regulation skills in settings outside of school—at meals, while doing chores, and on holidays, outings, and other special occasions. The book was recognized with a Mom’s Choice award.
In her blog MakeSocialLearningStick! Elizabeth shares her own parenting and life experiences raising two boys. She also blogs for Communication Works and has written many articles over the years. Elizabeth is a member of American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), California Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology (AAPPSPA).
On a personal note, Elizabeth is the mother, sister, and cousin of those who have developmental disorders and/or learning differences, which has made her work a lifelong endeavor. She lives with her husband, two sons, and dog, who continually teach her new life lessons and keep her smiling.