TV personality Katie Price recently made the difficult decision to move her autistic son Harvey into full time care. Fortunately for those who follow the reality TV family, Katie was kind enough to open up about it.
The TV personality explains the heartbreaking decision
Speaking to The Sun, Katie Price reveals her autistic son Harvey will live in a residential college. The goal? For him to live and thrive more independently.
The TV personality admits it is a truly “heartbreaking” situation. She fears her son might think she was just trying to get rid of him. And, that is truly not what she wants to accomplish.
Katie Price has taken on the task of raising her autistic son as mostly a single mother. Being on the spectrum, he came with the typical challenges. He would lash out at random times for seemingly no reason. She explained to The Sun loud noises really upset her son.
You hear about people with autism being arrested and when they’re restrained they go mad and get sectioned. That’s why I want to find the right college for him so if there’s ever a case where he kicks off, I’m involved.”
The proud mother frequently talks about her son on Instagram. Recently she noted he “overcomes mountains and obstacles every day that other people take for granted.” Likewise, her Instagram following really enjoy getting frequent updates about Harvey.
Katie admits it won’t be easy not seeing her son every day. But, she believes this is what’s best for him. She thinks it is important for him to learn to live without his mother nearby.
She continues to explain to the outlet: “It’s so upsetting to think I won’t see him every day, but this is the best thing for Harvey and we have to think positively because I don’t want him to think I’m just getting rid of him. This is his chance to live an independent life, learn skills and socialize with people other than me.”
Harvey will remain at the residential college until he’s 25
Her autistic son will reside at the residential college until he’s 25 years old. For those unaware, he recently turned 18. So, this opportunity offers several years for him to learn how to be intendent. During his stay, he will have his own living space. With the hopes of learning to be independent.
She continues to share: “I’m hoping he will make friends so he can socialize at the weekends, but if he has no plans, then he can come home whenever he wants. He’s meant to start this September but with lockdown I don’t know if he will.”
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As those who follow Katie Price know, Harvey is not her only child. She shares Harvey with a football player named Dwight Yorke. Though she’s largely been alone in raising him. She has her 15-year-old son Junior and 13-year-old daughter Princess with her ex-husband Peter André. And, she has her 7-year-old son Jett and 6-year-old Bunny with her other ex-husband Kieran Hayler.
Katie Price: Harvey and Me airs on BBC later this month
Followers of this TV personality assume there was another reason for her being so candid. Perhaps Katie Price wanted to raise awareness on the opportunity an older child on the spectrum to live at a residential college safely. And, to learn to be independent. Likewise, if you are interested in learning more about Katie and her son Harvey… You’ll soon have the opportunity to do so. Her documentary called Katie Price: Harvey and Me airs on BBC later this month.
According to Metro, the documentary has a premiere date of January 25. The documentary will look at the milestone of turning 18 while being on the spectrum. It will address what changes took place for Harvey as he became a legal adult on the spectrum. Katie Price decided to do the documentary because she wanted to raise awareness on having a child on the spectrum.
I wanted to share what really goes on behind closed doors – Harvey isn’t a thing to poke fun at, he’s my son. ‘He overcomes mountains and obstacles everyday that other people take for granted – being a single parent of a disabled child is a badge of honour for me! I’m so proud of him, he has feelings, and so do I.”
So, do you feel for Katie Price making the difficult decision to move her autistic son Harvey into full time care? Will you watch her documentary featuring herself and her son on BBC titled Katie Price: Harvey and Me later this month? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.