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.
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.