Lee Pesky Learning Center, Inc.

Rating: 4.92 stars   37 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education

Location: 3324 Elder St Boise ID 83705 USA

Mission: Our mission at Lee Pesky Learning Center is to improve the lives of people who learn differently through prevention, evaluation, treatment, and research. For 15 years we have been providing high quality, effective services to individuals with learning disabilities. We are now ready to take the great work that we have accomplished, synthesize what we have learned, and share it with educators, clinicians, and school systems to advance the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of learning disabilities.
Target demographics: Individuals age 5 to 85 with learning disabilties
Geographic areas served: Southern Idaho
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 13-3878574
208-333-0008
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a veteran teacher in special education, it is a delight to see the successes of Lee Pesky Learning Center students. Due to thorough evaluations, prescriptive intervention using research-based materials and strategies, the young people serve by LPLC emerge more confident and successful Not only are academics addressed, but social thinking is taught to those who are in need of appropriate responses to their environment socially, whether in the classroom, with peers in leisure interactions, at home, or in the community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Observing the progress of students, both academically and socially. I have also seen the reduction of stress levels of many parents, as they know their students are being served in a positve, effective way that can be coordinated with their youngsters school day as well.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to see deeper funding, (through grants, donations, etc.) so that more students could be reached.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As the father of 2 children who have now undergone the comprehensive evaluation process at LPLC, I cannot say enough about the exceptional quality and thoroughness of Dr. Anne Clohessy. Not only did the evaluation and subsequent report shed light on the unique ways that my kids learn, but it gave their teachers the tools to understand and help them. Most importantly for me, it provided my wife and I with insight that has helped us be better parents to our children.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

as a parent.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do nothing.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

We have seen the Lee Pesky Center start from a local resource serving a few individuals and families who needed help dealing with a young person's possible learning disability. Today, it has grown to provide people throughout Idaho the tools to improve their learning skills, whether from an actual learning disability or from their inability to recognize and utilize their own strengths. As an example, the Center produced and circulated material to create "readers" starting at birth. It is our hope that the Center, which was founded and nourished by Lee's parents Wendy and Alan Pesky, will succeed them and buildi on their successful methodologies and serve a wider community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Yes in dealing with my ADHD and tha t of certain family members

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not feel competent to make any changes in an organization that I see as successful.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The new Executive Director, Evelyn Johnson, is a powerhouse! She and her staff have been able to partner with us this year to provide exceptional professional development opportunities relating to implementing the Specific Learning Disabilities policies in Idaho. We are so happy to have access to such high level of expertise and such a willingness to work with us!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the arena of exceptional professional development.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None noted.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a licensed clinical social worker who has been working at the Center for the past 7 years, I can attest to the committment of all of the staff to helping our clients learn. From the initial assessment to receiving direct services (academic intervention, counseling, coaching for academic success), the support the student and their family receive are top notch. I love that we are able to meet the individual needs of our clients using research-based methods. Seeing our students succeed academically, emotionally, and socially is so rewarding - my only wish is that we could serve even more learners.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working with our clients.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

be able to deliver services to even more students.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We believe that a student who is provided the support and a customized approach to learning can in turn focus on empowering their dreams. The Lee Pesky shares this belief. Their programs have provided a supportive, well-designed, professional approach to enabling our child to build on their strengths and develop skills in areas that have previously challenged them. The staff embodies the commitment to learning and nurtures the talent each student. Communication with the parents is thorough, actionable, and represents the Pesky Center's commitment to partnering with family and the student's school. The Lee Pesky Center is known for their comprehensive assessments and ability to identify strategies to support each student's learning needs. We feel grateful and fortunate to have the Pesky Center in our community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Our child has benefited from the Pesky Center's services and many of our friends have had similar experiences.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make the program would be available to more students.

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Rating: 5 stars  

All three of my children have Dyslexia, as does their Dad. The kids have all been tested and have gone through remediation at The Lee Pesky Learning Center. Two of our children are in college now and one is still in high school and they are all doing very well. The Pesky Center gave our children the confidence they needed to succeed in school with very skilled and detailed remediation, instruction on techniques for organization, study skills and more. Mostly they made our children and us feel that they were not alone in this journey.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I"ve seen the results of the work that The Pesky Center offered my children by their success in high school and now college.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Somehow spread the word to everyone in our state with a Learning Difference that The Lee Pesky Learning Center will make a difference in their lives.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am a teacher-administrator at a private school in Boise, Idaho. Our school has a very demanding curriculum, but we accept children from all walks of life. We have multiple students who have visited the Lee Pesky Learning Center and walked away understanding more completely how they learn best. This information has been invaluable to the faculty at my school. We've learned almost as much from Lee Pesky as our students have. Lee Pesky Learning Center is a phenomenal community resource.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

At my school.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them find a way to reach an even larger audience. There are thousands of children who need and deserve the experts at the Lee Pesky Learning Center.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've served as a board member for the LPLC since its founding, and can't say enough about the accountability, focus on mission, dedication of the staff an quality of execution. Although I have no direct experience with learning differences, the stories of students and parents that I've been hearing for nearly 15 years convinces me that the work the LPLC does high-quality, effective and valuable. I am proud to serve this top-flight organization, and proud to recommend it to parents of children with learning differences.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Hearing from parents and students about the results of the teaching, guidance and counseling they have received from the center.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Figure out a way to replicate the work they do so that it would be more available to all the students with learning differences who either can't access the center or can't afford the service. A tough challenge.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our daughter received testing and remediation at the LPLC for over three years as we discovered her dyslexia and then worked to provide her skills to deal with it. The Pesky Center identified Megan's strengths - as a first grader!! - and helped her to use those strengths to overcome her difficulties with reading. Megan could not tell an "M" from an "N" - after 2 years of preschool, 1 year of kindergarten and half of first grade! She is now in 10th grade - and through recent testing, the school district psychologist mentioned she had the deepest dyslexia he had worked with over his 19 years of testing. Megan still needs extra time on assignments, struggles to read, and uses oral books from the Recordings from the Blind and Dyslexic. She is also exceptional in science and math - and is taking accelerated courses in both. These strengths would have disappeared by third grade if the Pesky Center had not helped us recognize and develop them. She will always struggle with reading - BUT she knows that she IS NOT - "the dumbest kid in fourth grade" - which is what her "friends" said about her behind her back. Megan went to remediation at the Pesky Center for over three years to learn how to rely on her visual skills when reading, how to chunk words into small pieces, how to identify the word chunks with pictures in her mind - not the letters, how to outline written material, reading highlighted information in text, how to skim material - and more importantly - how to ADVOCATE for herself as an individual with dyslexia. The Pesky Center has truly saved our daughter from what could have been a pretty tough path. Their focus on her strengths, the development of those strengths, and the development of skills to compensate for her dyslexia - these were all skills the Pesky Center staff helped her develop. We are grateful for the years of expertise and guidance.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Megan's ability to succeed in the academic environment.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

extend the services to more children in the community.

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