Oct 07, 2022 / Dyslexia & Learning Disorders

Share Your Story: Take Flight

Meet Levi – a patient who is seen in the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia & Learning Disorders. Learn more about his journey below.

Blog written by Levi’s dad, Josh.  

My wife Kelly and I have eight children, as young as five and as old as 24. We have homeschooled our children since our oldest daughter was in first grade.
Around the time our second oldest daughter, Grace, was in kindergarten and first grade, my wife noticed that Grace was having difficulty reading. At that time, we were living in Austin. Grace was evaluated with a local diagnostician and diagnosed with dyslexia. We worked with a local language therapist, and Grace was provided her the tools she needed to learn to read. Grace will graduate college in about a year.
Levi is seven years old and our second to youngest child. When Kelly started teaching kindergarten with him, she noticed almost right away that he was having similar struggles, like Grace did when she was younger. By now, we had moved from Austin to Arlington, and we reached out to Scottish Rite for Children in Dallas.  
They evaluated him, and Levi was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. We were looking into finding private language therapy for him, just like we had done for our daughter, Grace. It turned out that there was an opening for Levi to do the Take Flight program at Scottish Rite starting in fall of 2021. We jumped at this chance.
We have seen a great deal of progress since Levi started this program. We thank God for connecting us with Scottish Rite. He loves everyone who has taught him, and he loves to learn!
Last December, Levi fell while playing basketball. He came to his Take Flight class with his arm in a sling, from the ER visit the night before. The leaders of his class were able to get us connected with some of the orthopedic experts and he was able to get the care that he needed. Turns out he had broken in his arm in three places, and Scottish Rite was just the place he needed to help treat his arm.
The Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Scottish Rite has been a blessing to our family, and we are incredibly thankful for the impact they are making on Levi’s life. 


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