Michael Douglas Talks About His Son’s Special Education Needs

As he battles throat cancer, Michael Douglas is opening up about a disorder his son suffers from. The actor and his wife Catherine Zeta Jones‘ 10-year-old son Dylan suffers from mild dyslexia, and Douglas recently revealed that he and Catherine moved to New York so that Dylan could attend a special school to help him with his educational needs.

Michael Douglas told Britan’s The Guardian:

“New York is where we live now. We lived in Bermuda until last September. One of our kids has some special needs and it was recommended he go to a special school in the New York area. Neither of us is overwhelmed with worry about which school or college they are going to be going to. We just want them to be good citizens of the planet. They’re not spoiled or obnoxious. They’re well-mannered, confident, pretty worldly.

“My son deals with dyslexia to a degree – it runs in the family and my brother has it. He goes to a special school. We’re old-fashioned parents, they’ve got British nannies and we get nice compliments from people. Our children make us proud.”

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones are also mother and father to a 7-year-old girl named Carys.


  • Helen Manbeck

    Michael, you and your wife have a beauyiful family. I wish your son well. Your son and daughter are very lucky to have loving parents. I pray for you ever night and I know (GOD) will get you through this battle with cancer. Don’t stop believing.

  • Paul

    I’m an old-fashioned parent, too! If I had to settle for anything less than British nannies, plural, for my unspoiled children, I’d kill at least seven homeless people out of rage.

  • Teri Pollard

    Dyslexia to me as a teacher is like ADD. The label of Special Needs is NOT the same as a child with critical needs. Some students with Hyper Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder need instructors that can synthesize the needs for major understanding. This photo gravitates an innocent child with special needs when its only dyslexia. Please spare me and get the diagnois correct!

    • A mom

      Are you kidding me…….mild dyslexia.  That is a learning disorder.  It does NOT make him special needs.  My daughter has mild dyslexia & I wish I had the ability to send her to a special school.  And I have a special needs son, so I know the difference.   Too bad they use it for publicity. 

    • a mom

       Sorry I meant to agree with you Teri.  I just hate when people say things when they don’t really know the truth.  When they chose to make it more then it is for other reasons.  It doesn’t help those of us who have a child with true special needs. 

  • Miss

    To Terri Pollard ,

    I thought so too ! I think Michael back-peddled to make it “sound better”.
    I read on an internet forum that Dylan is AUTISTIC.

    Perhaps, he is autistic along with dyslexia. It seems CZJ and MD are always
    gloryfying everything. In other words, they are sugar-coating what Michael FIRST said (special needs and special school connotes something more severe, like autism). They decided to downplay it all, and mention “dyslexia” ONLY.