Kelly Ripa's youngest son, Joaquin Consuelos, is narrowing down his college options, a typical rite of passage for many high school seniors, but no
Kelly Ripa’s youngest son, Joaquin Consuelos, is narrowing down his college options, a typical rite of passage for many high school seniors, but not one her husband, Mark Consuelos, saw coming because of their son’s dyslexia and dysgraphia.
On Wednesday’s episode of “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” Ripa described an emotional FaceTime call with Consuelos about their son’s college selection process.
“Mark got very emotional and very choked up because he said, ‘You know I never thought he would be able to go to college because he was profoundly dyslexic and dysgraphic,'” Ripa said.
Despite her husband’s feelings, Ripa described how dyslexia for her family has been “a blessing.” She explained how kids with dyslexia often have strengthened qualities like reading a room, picking up on social clues despite their learning differences.
Ripa also used Anderson Cooper as an example of someone who has succeeded beyond his battle with the learning disability.
“I remember I would always carry a book around with me but I never was actually reading the book,” Cooper said in 2010 during a speech at a luncheon for the National Center for Learning Disabilities. “I would just pretend to read the book because I had trouble, obviously, reading and making sense of words, and in particular, letters”
Cooper credited his school for helping him overcome his mild dyslexia. Ripa gave credit to the same place for helping her son with his.
“It depends on your school.” Ripa said, “Sometimes its the luck of the draw, thankfully here in New York City, there are schools that are (learning disability) schools that specialize in that, so we were very fortunate here.”
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Ripa said she never had any doubts that her son would be going to college because of his fire and desire to learn.
“These kids, are, I would say even more capable.” Ripa said.