Multisensory Language Training Institute of New Mexico

Coronavirus Adaptation: The 2020 Introductory Course was delivered via Zoom, June 8 – 19. Check this website in February for more information on the 2021 Summer Introductory Course, which will again be offered via Zoom.

The Multisensory Language Training Institute of New Mexico (MLTI-NM), founded by Director Emeritus Sandra Dillon, trains teachers and other education professionals to become Dyslexia Therapists, possessing the knowledge and skills necessary to teach individuals with dyslexia – and other language-based learning difficulties – to read, write, and spell. 

MLTI-NM also provides workshops for schools and teachers on the structure of the English language, multisensory teaching techniques, and related topics. 

ACCREDITATION The MLTI-NM Dyslexia Therapist training course is accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council ( IMSLEC began as a committee of the Orton Dyslexia Society (now The International Dyslexia Association) in 1990, and became an independent institution in 1995. IMSLEC accredits quality training courses for the professional preparation of multisensory structured language education specialists. MLTI-NM was first accredited by IMSLEC in 2001. It was last re-accredited in 2013 and is scheduled in 2021 for re-accreditation.

IMSLEC accredited training centers meet The International Dyslexia Association‘s standards for teachers of reading.

New Directorship

An Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) teacher, Sandra Dillon, founded MLTI-NM in 1987 after years of working with bright, dyslexic students in the APS system. While she continues to be an MLTI-NM instructor, this Institute is now owned and directed by Mary Poirier Gilroy, who began training with Sandra Dillon in 1989. Ms. Dillon continues to own and operate S.I.S Publishing Co., the source of all materials used in MLTI-NM training. 


MLTI-NM is now a training institute “without walls” but with an office in Taos County, New Mexico. While training can be arranged at sites throughout the world, most classes are offered on a regular basis either in Albuquerque or Taos.  (See Contact Us for more information)

People often ask me, “When are you going to retire?” I always respond, “Why would I leave work that brings me and those whose lives I effect so much joy?” I have Sandra Dillon to thank for my life’s passion,…and for setting the standard of excellence so high.” Ann R., Class of 1994

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