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Carol Vorderman has candidly discussed her son Cameron's learning difficulties for the first time.
Former Coutndown star Carol, 60, is proud mum to two grownup children Katie, 30, and Cameron, 24.
And for the first time ever she has revealed how her son, who now has a masters degree in animation, struggled with education.
Carol revealed how son Cameron's learning difficulties became apparent when she taught him the alphabet.
She recalled to the Daily Mail: "We'd attempt very basic things. I'd take the letter e phonetically and say, 'Right Cameron, how do we say e? Eh, eh, eh, eh, eh', and he'd repeat, 'eh, eh, eh'.
"We'd do that over and over, and then within seconds I'd show him the letter e again and he'd say 'mmm' or 'dah', or anything really. We'd do eh-eh-eh a hundred times and he'd say 'blugh'. It just wasn't going in. I remember thinking, 'something's seriously wrong here'."
The TV star also noticed how her son struggled to concentrate as he would "conk out" when she tried to get him to focus.
She hoped things would improve when he started prep school, but Cameron struggled in class.
"Even before he'd turned five, the same things I'd seen were being repeated in the classroom, with catastrophic consequences," Carol said. "He was being put out of class for being disruptive and causing trouble. At four! I couldn't believe it. My sweet, wonderful little boy."
The following year, Carol was told by the headteacher that he couldn't continue attending the school.
She explained: "He said Cam was getting into little fights, was disruptive, a trouble-maker, basically. I took him around other schools — six, maybe seven — to see if they would take him, but when they heard the history, they all said no. He was deemed unteachable."
Carol was then forced to homeschool her son, but felt daunted. She said: "By six, this child I loved so much, that I would have done anything for, was being rejected — by the school, by the teachers, by the other pupils. It was heart-breaking, utterly heart-breaking.
"And I was lost. Was I going to have to teach him at home, myself? How? I just wasn't equipped. I didn't know how to teach a child with this level of special needs."
Fast-forward just under 20 years and her son just received his masters degree from Dundee University.
And Carol emotionally revealed her pride over his great achievement, despite fears her son would be held back in life.
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She said: "That we are here, with him gaining a master's is down to Cameron, and his determination.
"I could not be prouder of how he has done this, because frankly I didn't know how it would be possible.
"The gap between how I thought children learned and how he needed to learn was so vast.
"But he has been teaching me. I'm still learning from him. There's so much about education, about the brain, about how we learn that I simply did not know. Things that we, as a society, need to know."
She emotionally added: "I knew he wasn't thick, or slow, or any of those things that he and children like him are often told. I always thought he was brilliantly bright. He is."
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