Sandra Dillon, Director of the Multisensory Language Training Institute of New Mexico, is a Certified Academic Language Therapist, a Qualified Trainer and Qualified Instructor, with decades of experience at the Albuquerque Public Schools’ Language Clinic for Students with Dyslexia. She is the author of Sounds In Syllables, an extraordinarily effective Orton-Gillingham based reading and writing curriculum.
Sounds In Syllables - Multisensory Structured Language Therapy, an Orton-Gillingham based program, evolved over many years in the early 1980's to meet the needs of bright, yet severely reading disabled middle and high school students in a large public school district's Language Clinic for students with dyslexia. Many of the students were both gifted and essentially, non-readers. There, Sandra Dillon observed many students who could learn sounds, symbols, and rules, yet seemed unable to fully apply that knowledge to improve their reading and spelling. She found that these students benefited by a stronger emphasis on linking the motor-skills involved in decoding and encoding and building them in through a highly structured, therapy model.
The structured procedures in Sounds In Syllables were developed to change the way the student processes the sounds and symbols of language. The visual image, auditory response, and the motor skills involved, including left to right visual tracking, smooth blending of sounds, paired with a written response, are tightly integrated and practiced to ensure that the student reads what his/her eyes are seeing. The procedures must be applied consistently and automatically, with no hesitations, delays, or self-corrections. When these procedures are adhered to with absolute fidelity, even the most severely affected students make significant progress.
The founder of the Multisensory Language Training Institute-NM (MLTI-NM), Dillon trains teachers and other education professionals to become Academic Language Therapists, possessing the knowledge and skills necessary to remediate students with dyslexia and other language-based learning difficulties, teaching them 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, as well as screening, evaluations and language training therapy for individuals with conditions such as dyslexia. It has also been used very successfully in re-training language skills which have been lost due to the effects of a stroke.
The MLTI-NM Dyslexia Therapist training course, has been offered in Mumbai, India since 2008, in collaboration with Maharashtra Dyslexia Association (MDA), Global Partner of International Dyslexia Association (IDA). The training is accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC). At the advanced level, graduates of the program who pass the Alliance for Accreditation and Certification exam may earn the prestigious professional designation of Certified Academic Language Therapist as a member of the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA).
If you are interested in becoming a therapist certified in delivering SOUNDS IN SYLLABLES:
In India contact: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org -or- Phone: 022-25565754
In the USA: Sounds In Syllables dyslexia therapy training is available through the Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center, and the Multisensory Language Training Institute of New Mexico. [The Multisensory Language Training Institute of NM headquarters is located at 3915 Carlisle Blvd., NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107 USA. ]