This Morning’s Holly Willoughby has opened up about the ‘turning point’ in her life when learning how to deal with dyslexia, revealing that all it took was to find one person who could help her ‘access the tools’ she needed.
Last year, Holly, 40, spoke out about how having dyslexia can sometimes affect her presenting on the ITV talk show, explaining that she has ‘struggled with dyslexia since I was young’.
On today’s programme, Holly and Phillip Schofield, 58, welcomed student William Carter onto the show, who couldn’t read or write by the age of 13 and was diagnosed with severe dyslexia by a specialist.
William has since received a prestigious scholarship to study for a PhD at the University of California, where he is now.
While speaking to William about his experience with dyslexia, Holly emphasised that there are ‘so many different forms’ of the learning difficulty.
‘Dyslexia is such a broad spectrum, people have so many different forms of it,’ she said.
Holly continued, explaining that when she was at school, dyslexia ‘wasn’t really that well known’ at the time.
‘I’m dyslexic also and I had to find my own tool kit and for me it was finding somebody that understood this who could teach me how to access those tools because at school it wasn’t really that well known then,’ she stated.
‘But when I went to college, there was one lady in particular I remember and she gave me so much advice and for me that was my turning point.’
Several This Morning viewers thanked the show for the discussion about dyslexia, with one person saying they ‘related so much’ to William’s story.
‘Watching William this morning, has made me feel so emotional. From someone that has dyslexia always been told to try harder! He’s a real inspiration to us all!’ another person said.
Someone else tweeted: ‘What a brilliant inspirational intelligent lad , just proves learning difficulties doesn’t mean your not an intelligent person.’
After Holly said that it doesn’t matter to her anymore when she spells words incorrectly, a Twitter user responded: ‘Hollie I completely agree with you. I am always getting people pulling me up on my spelling on here. I’ve got Dyslexia but I don’t need to explain that to anyone.’
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.