THIS is the emotional moment Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield meet an autistic boy who learned to speak by watching This Morning.
Michael Glaister, 10, from Dundee, was diagnosed with his condition as a tot and only became verbal in the past two years.
Michael picked up words by mimicking his TV heroes during their conversations and interviews on the popular ITV chat show.
The youngster paid a visit to the This Morning studio today with his mum Charlene and looked over the moon as he gave Holly and Phil hugs live on air.
Charlene explained: “He was nonverbal until a few years ago. [He learned] just by role playing and pretend play and pretending to present and watching the shows he enjoys. Acting it out [has really helped him].”
She added: “It’s made a big difference. He’s more confident now and he’s got more speech.”
Michael was even given the opportunity to turn to camera and take over presenting the show.
After an advert break, he said: “Welcome back to The Michael Glaister Show still to come; Dr Chris is here and we take you to Italy.”
The presenters were clearly impressed, with Phil telling him: “I’ll happily give my job to you when you’re 18.”
Phil also told Charlene: “There’s lots of people over years and said television is a bad influence but right here this has been a fantastic influence.”
Michael was given gifts including coffee mugs and goodie basket from a noticeably emotional Holly and Phil.
But before saying goodbye, Holly added: “Oh you are so lovely. You can come back anytime.”
This Morning fans were just as impressed, with many left in tears by the touching moments on screen.
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One wrote: “I’m actually choked up at how cute that was.”
One tweeted: “Sobbing at the little boy on This Morning right now, this is too cute. Those hugs! That tea cosy! THIS IS ALL TOO MUCH.”
“Aww in tears at the little lad with autism on @thismorning,” another posted.
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