Multisensory Reading Centers of Puerto Rico was founded in 2012 under the supervision of our Executive Director Natalia Canto De la Fuente, Md. E. to provide after school intervention sessions. From 2010 to 2013, the teacher training program was developed from a collaboration between Dr. Mary Farell and Natalia Canto and received IMSLEC certification in April 2013. In the past three years, the MRC has served more than 60 students and has certified 16 teachers in the Orton Gillingham methodology, and is in the process of certifying more to provide reading intervention to students in both public and private school settings.
Education in which qualified and knowledgeable teachers meet the diverse literacy needs of all students in order for them to achieve their full potential.
Provide access to effective literacy instruction for struggling readers, particularly students with language-based learning disabilities.
To provide information to the general public in Puerto Rico on dyslexia – prevalence and characteristics
To provide information on multisensory structured language education teaching as a preferred method for teaching reading, writing, and spelling to students with dyslexia
To provide training of the highest order by adhering to the standards of the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) in the Multisensory Reading Centers of Puerto Rico training course in multisensory structured language education.
To provide both the IMSLEC teaching level and trainer of teaching level certificates.
To recruit highly qualified teachers for training in the Multisensory Reading Centers of Puerto Rico structured language education training course.
Provide support to students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities in order for them to reach their full academic potential.
Train highly qualified professionals in the Orton-Gillingham methodology, a structured, explicit and multisensory approach to literacy.
Develop and implement a multisensory reading intervention curriculum in Spanish based on the Orton-Gillingham methodology.
Advocate for high quality education that meets the specific learning needs of students with language based learning disabilities.
Create awareness about language based learning disabilities and the importance and significant impact of early intervention.
What is IMSLEC?
The International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC), is a nonprofit organization with the mission of accrediting quality Multisensory Structured Language Education (MSLE) training courses. Accredited courses meet IMSLEC criteria and instructional program standards for preparing specialists in Multisensory Structured Language Education. IMSLEC accredits training programs which offer extensive coursework and supervised teaching experience leading to professional certification. The training programs may be independent post-secondary training programs or may exist within already accredited institutions, such as colleges, universities or medical entities.
IMSLEC promotes and ensures quality Multisensory Structured Language Education (MSLE) training for teachers and therapists of individuals with dyslexia and related disorders. IMSLEC’s accreditation process supports essential standards and criteria for academic and practicum work that are crucial to the successful training of dyslexia teachers, therapists and other specialists.
MSLE instruction certifies programs that which incorporate all the components demonstrated by the National Reading Panel as essential components in effective literacy intervention programs that would ensure best assistance to individuals with dyslexia and related disorders to gain literacy skills.
Currently only 19 programs are accredited by IMSLEC; MRC is the number 20. Multisensory Reading Centers of Puerto Rico is the only organization in Puerto Rico certified by IMSLEC.
Mission of IMSLEC
The mission of IMSLEC is to accredit quality training courses for the professional preparation of multisensory structured language education specialists.