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Carol Vorderman reveals devastation about son Cameron’s struggles due to learning difficulties as he joins her on This Morning

Carol Vorderman called for changes in schools as she joined her son Cameron on This Morning to discuss the difficulties he faced in getting the correct education.

Carol, 60, previously opened up about her son’s learning difficulties and how he was ‘deemed unteachable’ at school.

The former Countdown star’s 24-year-old son, who has not appeared on TV before, and his famous mum explained they wanted to start a conversation on how challenging it had been for him to be able to access good support at school.

Carol also expressed her devastation at realising she was unable to help him when he was a child because she ‘didn’t know how to teach him’ herself.

Cameron said: ‘I have high spectrum dyslexia, ADD, bit of ADHD, bad short-term memory… and I can’t really smell well!’

Carol and Cameron spoke candidly to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on the ITV show to raise awareness of the need to make more specialist help at schools more accessible to all.

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Carol appeared alongside her son Cameron on the This Morning sofa (Picture: ITV)

The TV star said her son was a ‘really happy toddler’ but things became more complicated when he went to school, being told he was ‘disruptive’ in class.

‘When we moved to London, I got divorced and I put him in a little school probably aged four or five then,’ she explained.

‘By the end of that year they said he’s unteachable, we can’t have him here.’

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Carol became emotional as she revealed she was unable to help her son herself in his younger years (Picture: ITV)

Carol said doctors had described how Cameron’s conditions were in a ‘Venn diagram’ which encompassed different branches of neurodivergent conditions.

The star’s friend finally gave her a solution of a school that would be able to cater to her son’s needs.

However, Phillip noted it set her back £11,000 a term, with Carol agreeing that is too much for many people to pay for, adding: ‘Exactly! That’s why I want to talk about it.’

‘I was brought up poor, so I understand that,’ she added. ‘We want to try and help do something about that and start maybe a campaign or something.’

She also gave a message to parents going through similar situations, giving insight into the bullying her son was subject to when he was at school.

‘The bullying when you were a teenager was awful… one thing I’d love to say to parents is it’s a long road, breathe,’ Carol added.

‘You wake up as a parent every day and this little bundle of your heart, your world is there, and they’re unhappy, and there is nothing you can do, there was nothing I could do.

‘I couldn’t give up telly and teach him. Not because I wouldn’t give up telly, but because I couldn’t teach him.’

Cameron has been excelling in his education thanks to the great support he received with a more specialist school.

He’s just finished his master’s degree in animation at Dundee University, beaming as he shared he was about to finish his first job.

Despite his difficult time at school, Cameron admitted he wouldn’t change anything about it, with Holly telling him: ‘You need to write a book!’

This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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