A Leap BEYOND Tutoring
Owner: Vanita Sue Forrest
Address: 11439 S. Iroquois Drive
Hours: Winter: 2 to 7 p.m.; Summer: longer day hours.
Information: (480) 705-0885; http://focus.processingskills.com/ps
Q: Where are you from and what did you do before opening your business?
A: Sue Forrest is from Oklahoma City and her husband, Dale, is from Texas. They met in Montana at a Bible camp and were married a year-and-a-half after they met. Dale was a physics major, who ended up designing lens for telescopes on land and in “space.” He worked on various items for our nation’s space program. Sue, the director of A Leap BEYOND Tutoring, taught for 31 years in California with great concern and excellence in teaching children with special needs. This concern was increased because their adopted son has learning challenges that the doctors could not accurately classify until their son was 38 years old. That diagnosis was Aspergers Syndrome, the next step above Autistic on the diagnostic spectrum. At 38 he had problems maintaining an entry-level job.
Then they were introduced to a cognitive training program called PACE – Processing And Cognitive Enhancement, designed for children. This program had done wonders with the high-functioning Autistic son of their friends in California. Sue and Dale later both trained to become PACE providers.
Q: Why did you open your business in Ahwatukee Foothills?
A: We could not find a PACE trainer in the entire Valley, but Sue realized that her PACE training was permanent, and that she would not need to retrain. I felt I had wasted a great deal of money becoming a PACE provider. But, we realized that there were many other children in this area who have learning problems, with frustrated parents who had nowhere to turn for help. So my focus changed to helping others, which has been a great joy.
Q: How did you get the idea to open your business?
A: I had planned to travel a lot and relax when I retired, not to start a business. However, it has been much better than another port of call or travel souvenir.
Q: What type of merchandise/services do you sell?
A: The basic program that we use, called PACE (for Processing and Cognitive Enhancement), is an intensive cognitive program designed to help with learning disabilities such as Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD and Aspergers Syndrome, and others who struggle in school. It is effective with people of all ages, not just children. Students preparing to take college entrance tests find it to their great advantage to take PACE six months to a year before taking the test. It is helpful for anyone wanting to improve their functioning in nearly any area of their lives.
Our clients tell us that their family life becomes much more cohesive and enjoyable. Report cards are no longer a “monster in waiting.” Homework is accomplished in a reasonable amount of time and their child is beginning to make friends.
Q: What does your business offer that no one else does?
A: We currently offer free evaluation that normally cost $150 and takes about two hours. This is to help families find out the truth about the status of their child. We will find if your child is not working hard enough, is working too hard, or if they need a better foundation so they can accomplish their given work. Our goal is to make life-long learning fun and to bond families and their child, as usually stress has put a barrier between parent and child.
Q: How have residents of the community responded to your business?
A: We have helped many students realize their full cognitive potential. Parents are thrilled with the results. We have worked with children struggling at very low levels to gifted students. After PACE the students begin to regain their self-esteem, enjoy school much more, have less frustration among their peers, and begin improving their social life.
Q: Anything else you want the community to know about you or your business?
A: Students working with a learning disability is like riding a bicycle with a flat tire. One can help someone riding by holding onto the “seat” and “pushing” or one can fix the “flat tire” so that they can ride by themselves with reasonable effort. “Fixing the flat” is our goal.
For a free evaluation, call (480) 705-0885. Be sure to leave a message if we are not available at the moment.