Holly Willoughby has been open about experience with dyslexia in the past, particularly when she was a child. Back in 2021, the 42-year-old spoke with William Carter - then aged 22 - who overcame being unable to read when he was 13 before going on to do a PhD at The University of California.
During their appearance on This Morning, Holly reflected on her own battle, which left her feeling "shameful".She explained: "For me, because I'm not very good at spelling, for years I felt shameful about that."
Holly's turning point was when she enrolled in college, saying: "Dyslexia is such a broad spectrum, people have so many different forms of it. Yes, I'm dyslexic also and I had to find my own tool kit and for me it was finding somebody who understood this who could teach me how to access those tools because at school it wasn't really that well known then."
Last year, during a chat with Sir Richard Branson, who is also dyslexic, Holly touched on her experience with dyslexia, claiming she does not see the learning difficulty as a "disability".
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"I think it makes me who I am," she said, adding: "I don't see it as a disability at all, I see it as a real feather in my cap. I'm very proud of being dyslexic, I think it makes me who I am. I think half of the things I think that I'm actually quite good at in life are because I'm dyslexic."
Holly, who is a mother to three young children, has been open about her dyslexia in the past. The TV star once revealed that she checks the autocue in advance and uses coloured scripts to help her present This Morning.
How to spot if your child has dyslexia
The symptoms of dyslexia vary from child to child and can also differ according to the child's age. The NHS divides the signs of dyslexia into pre-school children, children aged 5-12 and teens:
Delayed speech development
Speech problems like pronunciation of long words, jumbling phrases or problems expressing themselves through speech
Finds learning the alphabet difficult and little understanding of rhyming words
Children aged 5-12
Finds learning names and sounds of letters difficult
Confusion over letters that look similar and the order of letters in words
Slow reading and slow writing speed
Poor handwriting and issues copying written language
Struggles to carry out a sequence of directions and to learn sequences
Has poor phonological awareness
In addition to the above, teens may display:
Finds planning and writing essays difficult
Attempts to avoid reading or writing
Has difficulty revising for exams, as well as taking notes or copying
Problems with spelling
Struggles to meet deadlines
She has also previously shared her concern that her children will be dyslexic too. "I do bear it in mind quite a lot," Holly told Glasgow's Sunday Post."Although my mum hasn't been officially tested she has very similar tendencies to me.
The TV star is a doting mum to three young children
"I don't know whether that's hereditary or not, but I do think about that. Schools are so much more advanced in looking out for it than when I was at school."
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