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Lee Pesky Learning Center, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Literacy, Remedial Reading & Encouragement, Special Education, Youth Development - Citizenship

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

Programs: Counselors and teachers at the center work with approximately 90 clients per week, providing assessments, one-on-one specialized instruction or counseling to children and adults with learning differences. The typical student comes to the center twice a week for hour-long sessions. Group sessions are also held for social skills, study skills, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The center also offers services to parents giving them tips on everything from homework to discipline. Services are provided in four locations: boise, ketchum, hailey and caldwell, idaho.

training and consultation delivers a variety of classes and specialized training to teachers, schools, and school districts in research-based methods of teaching literacy. During fy13 the center taught classes to teachers and consulted with school districts and the idaho department of education working with approximately 1,200 teachers. The center's training and consultation services help idaho school districts as they work to implement the common core standards.

through grant funding, the center continues to provide training and resources to early childhood educators and parents. We train child care providers to use research-based early literacy instructional methods to better prepare preschoolers for school, and we distribte our book every child ready to learn to parents. The center is also contributing to research projects with professors from two universities. One project is looking for genetic links to different subtypes of dyslexia and the other is identifying and developing tools for early identification of math disabiliites.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Shauna S.

Client Served

Rating: 4

The LPLC's Cristianne Lane was so generous with her time and talent as she evaluated the reading skills of our preschool students. Christianne offered valuable suggestions for staff and has provided an ever-present resouce for future program building. The Building Block for Literacy and Idaho Early Literacy Project have proven to be wonderful tools for our pre-school program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have interacted with Lee Pesky Learning Center on several different levels. Last year my son received tutoring through Lee Pesky, free of charge at his elementary school. The staff provided an engaging and fun educational experience for my son, and we immediately saw results. His confidence and skills in reading improved a great deal through this experience. Then, this summer, we decided to enroll our son in one on one tutoring, and have been thrilled with his progress. Not only have we seen his skills continue to improve, he loves to go to tutoring as well. The staff was very thorough and thoughtful in their evaluations of our son, and have carried out an educational plan that not only targets the needs of our son, but uses his strengths to enhance his tutoring sessions.
In addition, I myself have benefited from Lee Pesky's education for teachers. As a director/ teacher of a preschool program I was appreciative of the opportunity Lee Pesky provided to attend their "Building Blocks of Literacy" and "Every Child Ready for Math" classes. I and my entire preschool staff attended the classes and acquired great hands on activities to use in our classrooms on a daily basis. Lee Pesky is an asset to our educational community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Lee Pesky Center has provided me with teaching materials and training that help me better to teach my preschoolers learn about reading and math. The trainings are fun, interactive, and applicable to my age group.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We live overseas and were in Boise for 2 weeks over the summer. Lee Pesky set up a series of 9, 2-hour, one-on-one sessions for my daughter (dyslexia) and the results were fantastic. She enjoyed it and made great strides. Our own school's Learning Center Director was really impressed with the work she did and the report that Lee Pesky produced. We were able to pick-up where they left off without skipping a beat.

We also took advantage of the Social Cognitive work Pesky offers - again, excellant results and an enjoyable time for mey daughter.

Teri G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you so much to your center! The things I have learned are an invaluable too in my continued work in helping to strengthen and educate the children in our school in regards to math and reading. So many children fall through the cracks and you helped me learn better how to plug the cracks and keep those children learning with their peers at a level that will make them adults able to be in society in a productive manner!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My grandson had significant delays in reading and social functioning. The teachers at the Lee Pesky Learning Center were so caring and sensitive that this learning-averse child loved going there! His progress was amazing and he continues to use what he learned there both at school and at home. The professionals at the Center also included me by keeping me up-to-date on what he was doing so I could follow through at home. It was an excellent, productive experience for both of us.

Client Served

Rating: 5

before we began Soical thinking with the pesky center and Jaime Rivetts our daughter wore black, liked being alone, had narrow thinking and did not look people in the eye, she was on her way to becoming forgotten and a loner... NOW a year later she laughs , smiles and NO BLACK! is more open to new things and looks everyone in the eye. THe work they do at the pesky center is amazing! They helped our whole family. I tell anyone who will listen about the great things you do. Thank you.
The Shiners doug,Tammy and Abby.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I teach Early Childhood Special Education. I have attended 2 classes at the Lee Pesky Learning Center. These classes were to help educators teach mathematics in early childhood. I learned many new approaches to make math fun and attainable for my students. The center also provided materials and Ideas to create math games and activities.
After the class, the instructors asked us to report back about how the activities were working for us. We then had an opportunity to refine activities and materials with the instructors in order to improve them for ourselves, as well as for the next people who took the class.
The instructors were caring, patient, and concerned that everyone should be able to teach and understand mathematics. They have a real interest in furthering education, and are committed to their jobs. The Center also has so much information to give about learning and teaching - printed info as well as the ability to answer questions or refer people to the proper agencies for assistance.
I cannot recommend the Lee Pesky Learning Center highly enough!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot recommend Lee Pesky Learning Center highly enough. Dr. Anne Clohessy is fantastic. Respect is a big issue for our son and one that, because of his learning challenges (moderate attention deficit, processing speed, etc. issues) he has not always received from education providers. Knowing this, Dr. Clohessy went out of her way to make sure that he was respected and treated as an equal throughout evaluation and testing process--and even designed the report to be personally addressed to him. The entire process shed light on the unique ways that our son learns. It has helped us understand our son so much better--and has helped him understand himself. I wish all kids could have this type of caring evaluation--it would vastly help teachers, parents and children and make the educational experience a much more positive and fulfilling one for all concerned.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The work the LPLC does changes lives. The Learning Specialists at the center are so well trained and knowledgeable. They help children, parents and educators understand that learning differences are not obstacles, but rather a bump in the road that with guidance can be easily navigated. The staff is dedicated and passionate about each child that walks through their doors. It's a wonderful place.