Becoming a Patient

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, located in Dallas, uses several criteria to determine a patient's eligibility. A child must meet the following requirements to be evaluated for a learning disorder at the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders:

  • The child must be a Texas resident between the ages of 5 and 14.
  • A physician's referral is required with each patient application.
  • The child must be a proficient English speaker.

Dyslexia Application Process

The Application for Evaluation in the Center for Dyslexia should be completed as well as the physician referral section. The family is to complete the Educational Background Information Form included with the application and attach copies of previous tests and educational plans. In addition, parents are required to submit the completed NICHQ Vanderbilt ASSESSMENT Scale – TEACHER Informant form below, and to select and complete the appropriate NICHQ Vanderbilt ASSESSMENT Scale – PARENT Informant form listed below according to whether or not the child is currently taking medication for attention or behavior issues. 

Please select the most appropriate NICHQ Vanderbilt ASSESSMENT Scale – PARENT Informant form for your child. At least one form must be completed and submitted with your application. REQUIRED

All applications are reviewed to determine eligibility. The parents/legally responsible persons and referring physician will receive a letter regarding the child's eligibility.

For help with the application process, please call 214-559-7815 or 800-421-1121, ext. 7815 or view our FAQs. For general information about becoming a patient, please contact the Patient Access department at 214-559-7477 or 800-421-1121, ext. 7477.


The Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia specializes in services for children with learning problems in reading, writing, and math. Our evaluations are designed to identify Reading Disorders including Dyslexia, Disorders of Written Expression, and Math Disorders. We are unable to approve applications for children whose learning difficulties are primarily related to:

  • Low cognitive ability
  • Attention problems
  • Emotional problems
  • Behavioral problems
  • Autism or pervasive developmental disorders
  • Hearing or vision impairment

If the center is unable to meet your child's needs, the staff at TSRHC's Christi Carter Urschel Family Resource Center can provide referrals for appropriate services at your request. Please call 214-559-7573 or 800-421-1121, ext. 7573 for more information.

Educational Outreach

The Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia's outreach services allow us to expand our mission and help thousands of children through support services for parents and educators. Our staff has developed two video curricula, the Dyslexia Training Program and the TSRH Literacy Program, that have taught hundreds of thousands of children to read. The center offers consultation and training to schools as they use the programs.

The center offers seminars and workshops to help teachers employ effective teaching strategies. Parents can also obtain guidance in helping their child by attending presentations made to parent support groups and parent education seminars. For additional information regarding TSRHC programs or on-site school district workshops, please contact the center at 214-559-7817 or 800-421-1121, ext. 7817.

Take Time to Read

Take Time to Read, a partnership between TSRHC and the Grand Lodge of Texas, is a public awareness program that educates adults about the importance of reading to young children. The program began in 1999 and has helped Masons spread the word throughout Texas about the benefits of reading to children.

For more information, please contact the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia at 214-559-7817 or 800-421-1121, ext. 7817, or e-mail taketimetoread@tsrh.org.


The Dyslexia Handbook - English
The Dyslexia Handbook - Spanish