Katie Price says son Harvey must go to residential college to give him ‘independence’
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Katie Price has opened up about the reasons why she has decided to put her disabled son Harvey into a residential college three hours from her home.
Earlier this week, the former glamour model revealed her eldest child will live at the college for seven years and will have his own kitchen, bedroom and bathroom, with trained staff helping him every step of the way.
The mum has spent the last six months trying to find the right college for children with autism and learning disabilities and is hoping Harvey, who has Prader-Willi syndrome, can start at the best one in September.
Katie has now told Studio 10 in Australia she took the decision to put Harvey, who is also partially blind, into the facility because she thinks he needs to become more self-reliant over the coming years.
Katie explained she is struggling to manage her 6ft2in and 29-stone teenage son.
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She said in the live interview that she fears if he has a mood swing he could be sectioned – resulting in his future being taken out of their hands.
Katie continued: "It's not because I don't want to see him, but I have to give him a chance to have an independent life."
Katie added that Harvey will be living at the facility until he is 25, adding she hopes that he will get a chance to study at college and make more friends.
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The mum believes moving Harvey into the facility will give him more options in his life and give him more independence
Katie continued: "So say on weekends, if he's got friends there and they want to go to the cinema, he might want to do that instead of coming to see me – it just gives him that option.
"He wants me to cuddle him all the time. He's got to learn to do things without me."
Katie previously told The Sun that Harvey, who weighs 29-stone, will be given help to lose weight at the facility.
She said: "He will live there until he's 25 and have his own space to study and keep fit. I need to get him the help he deserves because he will die if he doesn't exercise.
"I need to get his weight down. We haven't started training together yet as his breathing has got worse. It's so bad. But at college he'll be able to go swimming and work out with trained specialists.
"I'm hoping he will make friends so he can socialise at the weekends, but if he has no plans then he can come home whenever he wants."
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