Tammy Grovatt is the founder and director of Dyslexia Direct. A multifaceted educator with more than 20 years of classroom experience, Mrs. Grovatt now focuses on helping students through her private dyslexia therapy practice. In addition to her role as Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT), she took the additional steps of becoming a fully Licensed Dyslexia Therapist as well as an Educational Diagnostician. She holds a Master’s degree in Special Education with a concentration in Dyslexia.
“Throughout my teaching career, I always had a heart for helping children who struggled with reading,” says Grovatt. “But when my own son was diagnosed with dyslexia and dysgraphia, I became even more passionate.”
Dyslexia is a specific reading disability and dysgraphia is a writing disability. Grovatt realized that the education and training she had received for teaching in both regular and special education classrooms did not address the specific needs of students with these disorders. These students needed to be taught differently, using evidence-based multisensory methods.
“As a teacher, I felt it was important to learn the most effective methods for helping students with dyslexia,” says Grovatt. “And as a parent, I was determined to make sure that my son gets the best help required for him to succeed.”
This meant a return to graduate school and multiple certifications. Grovatt ran a reading intervention program in the public school system and also established her private practice for helping students learn - and love - to read. Her son is now in high school and doing well. Grovatt is now focused 100 percent on providing therapy to students through her private practice, Dyslexia Direct.
“I think it is important for parents of children with dyslexia to know that I once walked in your shoes,” Grovatt says. “It can be confusing when you know your child is bright, yet can’t seem to grasp the basics of reading or other seemingly simple academic tasks. It can be overwhelming for parents to realize their child is falling farther behind each passing day. I want you to know that you are not alone, and there is hope. With effective therapy, children with dyslexia can learn to read and write well.”
Shift to Online Therapy
Grovatt has seen her practice change from primarily in-person to more of an online approach. As more families wanted to avoid Austin traffic, and still others moved out of state while wanting to continue their child’s therapy, Grovatt began delivering dyslexia therapy online with great success. Now, with COVID-19, even more families are requesting online services. Grovatt is also seeing an uptick in families living in places where they don’t have local access to services, yet want their child to receive a proven dyslexia therapy program.
“At Dyslexia Direct, your child will receive focused, one-on-one therapy using a research-based program,” says Grovatt. “I look forward to serving your family.”
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“Mrs. Grovatt changed our son’s life! He went from hating school to loving it. In third grade, our son struggled to read even at a Kindergarten level. After working with Mrs. Grovatt in the Take Flight program, he was able to read at grade level as well as write and compose in cursive. Now he loves learning and makes the honor roll!
--- Dee B.
“Before I went to Ms Grovatt I couldn’t read, let alone find meaning in words or sentences. No matter how many times I went over a word it would still be just as difficult as sounding it out for the very first time. The work I did with Ms Grovatt allowed me to go from reading picture books to comprehending and analyzing chapter books in 2 years. Ms Grovatt always had me smiling and it never felt like work.”
--- Renee’, former student
“We don’t know what we would have done without Mrs. Grovatt! Not only did she provide the needed instruction to help him, but she also helped him to realize his strengths. He is a smart child, but school was hard for him because of dyslexia and dysgraphia. He began to feel overwhelmed and hopeless. After making so much progress with Mrs. Grovatt, my son gained a new sense of hope and purpose. His confidence and grades have improved."
--- Charles G.