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Katie Price unveils new look as she opens up about caring for eldest son Harvey

Katie Price has opened up about caring for son Harvey on This Morning – while unveiling her new, shorter hairdo.

The mum-of-five was on the show to discuss her upcoming documentary with her eldest son, focusing on his health battles and their life at home.

Harvey suffers from a string of health issues, including Prader-Willi syndrome, autism and learning and behavioural difficulties.

Unveiling her transformation – swapping her long blonde locks for a darker look – the 42-year-old explained that she is now hoping for a 52-week residential care placement for him.

‘Residential care gives him a chance to be an adult, get independent life skills, and not just have to try and rely on me all the time,’ she told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.

‘He deserves it. I’m trying to look for a 52-week placement for him. Because, say some weekend he makes friends, they want to go to cinema or go bowling, he might not want to come to me.

‘So it gives him the option to either come to me or socialise with these friends and excel in his skills, and just to be a man, basically.’

Katie also insisted that she wanted to show their actual life at home in the BBC documentary – which airs this evening – instead of portraying the teenager in a bad life.

‘I didn’t want it to be a show where it shows him kicking off and stuff like that. It’s not about that,’ she continued.

‘I wanted it to be more realistic, what it’s like trying to find a college, the challenges.

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Katie and Harvey are the subject of a new BBC documentary (Picture: BBC)

‘Simply it’s just a quiet, nice documentary about me and Harvey, doing the transitional move for him to go to college.’

In the one-off special, Katie was warned that her son could be sectioned under the Mental Health Act if he’s thought to be a danger to himself or others.

Speaking to press ahead of the episode airing, she was adamant that this would never happen to Harvey as she’s ‘so involved’.

‘The good thing about Harvey is he has these trigger points – like a banging door – so you know what is going to trigger him off,’ she said. ‘But that would be awful for a parent to go through that.

‘I don’t think a lot of people are trained in autism. If someone got arrested and [police] didn’t know they had autism the worst thing you could do is restrain them because they’re going to do everything they can and kick off.

‘You’ve just got to understand it and be educated.’

This Morning continues on weekdays, at 10am, on ITV.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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