Kelly Ripa Says Son Joaquin Has Worked Hard to Overcome Dyslexia and Dysgraphia
The 17-year-old is deciding on colleges and has "lots of options."
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos's youngest son Joaquin is off to college soon — and Ripa is opening up about the journey it took for him to come this far.
During an episode of Live With Kelly and Ryan this week, Ripa told co-host Ryan Seacrest that 17-year-old Joaquin is deciding on where to go for university, revealing that "he's got lots of options."
She explained that the milestone is particularly meaningful because he has struggled with dyslexia and dysgraphia, the latter of which affects a person's handwriting abilities and fine motor skills.
"Mark and I were FaceTiming the other night ... Mark got very emotional, and very choked up, because he said, 'You know, I never thought he would be able to go to college,'" she said. "Because he was profoundly dyslexic and dysgraphic."
Dyslexia is a learning disorder that affects areas of the brain that process language, and involves difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words.
Ripa said that "through hard work, determination, [and] remediation," her son overcome the "misunderstood learning difference."
"I always say that dyslexia for our family at least and if you read about it, it can be quite a blessing," she said. "Kids with dyslexia learn how to read the room. They pick up on social cues."
Ripa and Consuelos also have two other children, 23-year-old Michael, who graduated (virtually) from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts last spring, and Lola, 19, who is in her second year at NYU.