Ilse Werther is a dyslexic treatment and reading disorder specialist trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach. Her Manhattan-based private practice, Let’s Get Reading LLC  is focused on elementary school aged children who are struggling with fundamental reading and writing skills.

Informed by her Orton-Gillingham training, Ilse’s approach to her practice is multi-sensory, highly prescriptive and bespoke to each student. Her personal experience raising two children (with language disorders), combined with extensive behavioral management undergraduate studies, enables Ilse to skillfully navigate a range of behavioral challenges in successfully teaching her students -- including ADHD, ADD, generalized anxiety and related emotional conditions.

Ilse’s initial interest in her practice was sparked by the diagnosis of her youngest daughter more than a decade ago. As a parent, she quickly discovered the complexities of recognizing, diagnosing, advocating, supporting and successfully treating children with this learning difference. This experience led Ilse to pursue a degree in elementary education with a specific focus on teaching children with dyslexia. Her prior experience in the fashion industry -- first as an international fashion model represented by Wilhelmina, Click and Next and others in the US and throughout Europe and Asia in the 1990s, and then as SVP of Merchandising at an upscale, contemporary fashion boutique with multiple locations -- provided Ilse with a deep multicultural perspective and strong work ethic, both of which have played critical roles in the creation and growth of her dyslexia treatment and reading disorder practice.

Ilse has developed a robust independent practice working with children from a range of New York City public and private schools, including PS 234 (Tribeca), Avenues World School (Chelsea), Birch Wathen Lenox School (Upper East), Brooklyn Friends (Brooklyn Heights), Grace Church (Union Square), Heschel School (Upper West), Horace Mann (Bronx), Little Red Elizabeth Irwin School (West Village), Lycee Francais (Upper East), Pine Street School (Fidi), The Stephen Gaynor School (Upper West), and The Windward School (Upper East).

Based on a consistent track record of transformational results, Ilse has been recommended by a growing number of parents throughout the five New York City boroughs and the Hamptons (where she maintains a seasonal summer practice). She has also established ongoing referral partnerships with multiple leading neuropsychologists, pediatricians, psychologists, learning specialists, public and private school administrators and parent leagues.

The Let’s Get Reading practice now includes a small base of Orton-Gillingham trained practitioners, each of whom receive further personal certification from Ilse applying her proprietary methodologies -- including the use of a range of curated best-in-class materials, custom-created teaching tools and a singular approach to thoughtfully engaging with each student to best address their unique needs on an individualized basis.

Ilse’s certifications include:

  • International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Certified Structured Literacy Teacher (2016)

  • Orton-Gillingham Online Academy, training certificate (2015)

  • Stephen Gaynor School, training certificate (2015)

  • Windward Academy, training certificate (2016)

She is a Dean’s List graduate of New York University’s Steinhardt School, where she majored in Elementary Education and Child Adolescent Mental Health Studies and received a Bachelor Of Science degree (2016)