Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos are incredibly proud of how far their youngest son, Joaquín, has come. Earlier this week, Ripa spoke about the 17-year-old’s current dilemma: where will he go to college.
“Joaquin is trying to decide on a university right now and he has many options,” Ripa told him. Living with Kelly and Ryan co-host Ryan Seacrest on the talk show.
The milestone is particularly significant due to all that Joaquín has had to overcome in the classroom.
“Mark got really excited and really excited because he said, ‘You know, I never thought I could go to college because I was deeply dyslexic and dysgraphic,’” Ripa shared.
Dyslexia is a learning disorder that involves difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words, depending on the Mayo Clinic. And dysgraphia is a learning disability that can cause a child’s writing to be constantly distorted or unclear, depending on WebMD.
Ripa says that “through hard work, determination, and remediation” Joaquín was able to overcome his challenges.
“I always say that dyslexia for our family at least and if you read about it, it can be a great blessing,” he said. “Children with dyslexia learn to read in the bedroom. They pick up on social cues.”
He noted that one of his famous friends, Anderson Cooper, is known to be dyslexic, and said that the CNN host is “one of these people who knows what’s going on before you even walk into the room. He’s got it figured out. “. Joaquin is like that. ”
The proud mom shared that after working hard on her condition, “reading is one of Joaquín’s favorite things.”
Ripa and Consuelos are also parents to their 23-year-old son Michael and 19-year-old daughter Lola. When asked by Seacrest how she felt about her last child leaving the nest, Ripa joked, “I’m fine. They keep coming back.”
To learn more about the family, watch the clip below.