Katie Price stepped out with her son Harvey in Essex on Friday after she decided to place him in a residential college full time.
The former glamour model, 42, displayed her natural hair as she kissed and hugged the 18-year-old during a cosy stroll.
TV star Katie recently detailed a terrifying incident with Harvey when the teen – who is on the autism spectrum and was born with disabilities including partial blindness, ADHD and Prader-Willi syndrome – smashed a car windscreen.
Their happy place: Katie Price stepped out with her son Harvey in Essex on Friday after she decided to place him in a residential college full time
Opting for comfort, the media personality wore a cream crop top, teamed with a cable-knit cardigan and matching trousers.
Katie scaled her signature glamour back as she wore minimal make-up and ditched her hair extensions in favour of her cropped ‘do.
Harvey, meanwhile, was dressed in a black and red tracksuit as he engaged in conversation with his doting parent.
At one point, he was seen holding onto a white box, which appeared to contain an iPad.
Close: The former glamour model, 42, displayed her natural hair as she kissed and hugged the 18-year-old during a cosy stroll
‘I worry’: TV star Katie recently detailed a terrifying incident with Harvey when the teen smashed a car windscreen
Details: Harvey is on the autism spectrum and was born with disabilities including partial blindness, ADHD and Prader-Willi syndrome
Opting for comfort: The brunette wore a cream crop top, teamed with a cable-knit cardigan and matching trousers
Less is more: Katie scaled her signature glamour back as she wore minimal make-up and ditched her hair extensions in favour of her cropped ‘do
Speaking ahead of her new documentary Katie Price: Harvey and Me, which airs on BBC One on Monday night, the mother-of-five explained how challenging his complex needs are.
Speaking to The Sun, Katie explained: ‘To give you an idea how strong he is, he smashed out a windscreen on the car that takes him to school and back.
‘If the routing goes wrong he gets out and just punches the window screen. It’s more damage he can do to himself. If he smashes a window he can cut his hand up, or sometimes he head butts the wall and could split his head open.
‘When he’s in the car, I worry that he might open the car door which is why he always has someone in the car with him when he goes to school, and sometimes he might go for the driver.’
Out and about: At one point, Katie’s eldest child was seen holding onto a white box, which appeared to contain an iPad
Casual: Harvey was dressed in a black and red tracksuit as he engaged in conversation with his doting parent
Protection: Speaking ahead of her documentary Katie Price: Harvey and Me, which airs on BBC One on Monday night, the mother-of-five revealed she chose not to show a ‘full on meltdown’
Katie chose not to show a ‘full on meltdown’ of Harvey’s in the documentary but one scene does show the 18-year-old headbutting and kicking doors during a college tour.
‘When he was kicking off at the college, in a way I’m glad he did because I need them to see what he’s like when he kicks off,’ Katie explained to BBC Breakfast on Monday.
‘In the programme I didn’t show him having a full meltdown. I just wanted to protect Harvey in that way, and people didn’t need to see that, I think they get the gist that he’s challenging.’
‘It wasn’t a documentary I wanted to do to see how many meltdowns he had.’
Helpful step: Earlier this month, Katie revealed her son is living in his own three-bedroom house with CCTV cameras across the road from her, to prepare him for ‘independent living’
Candid: The businesswoman said that their current set-up is to help Harvey become accustomed to living out of home so he doesn’t think that she has ‘sent him away’
Harvey’s conditions can promote mood swings and violent behaviour, leaving Katie concerned she can no longer restrain the 6ft2in and 29 stone teen.
The Eurovision star also appeared on Monday’s This Morning as she admitted she was initially apprehensive about producing the documentary about Harvey.
The influencer told hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby: ‘Strip me back, my career and who I am, obviously I’ve done reality shows for twenty years, which are completely different to documentaries.
‘I’ve been asked to do documentaries before on Harvey, but I’m like, ”For what reason? To see how he kicks off…” So I thought no.
Single parent: Katie raises Harvey without his biological father Dwight Yorke
Tough: Harvey’s conditions can promote mood swings and violent behaviour, leaving Katie concerned she can no longer restrain the 6ft2in and 29 stone teen
‘So when the BBC came to me, it was a woman called Hannah and years ago she was actually a tea girl on one of my shows and now she’s the Producer-Director.
‘Because she knew Harvey and actually knew behind the scenes what goes on, I said, ”Well, how would you want to structure it?”
‘And I said, ”Now that he’s turned 18, I am looking for a college and that could be a way of doing a documentary to help educate other mums out there… I wanted it to be more realistic, what it’s like… the challenges.
‘It’s not about sympathy, it’s a quiet, nice documentary about me and Harvey doing the transitional move about him going to college.”’
Katie – who raises Harvey without his father Dwight Yorke, has Junior, 15, and Princess, 13, with former husband Peter Andre, 47, and shares Jett, seven, and Bunny, six, with ex Kieran Hayler – expanded on the reason behind the educational show.
Honest: The Eurovision star also appeared on Monday’s This Morning as she admitted she was initially apprehensive about producing the documentary about Harvey
The former Page 3 star added: ‘In the show you don’t really see all the kids. I think there is a bit where you see Bunny [her youngest daughter, six] and Harvey watching Peppa Pig, because they like to do that… It just shows you the daily challenges I have with him.
‘I know there was speculation about him going into care, he’s never going into care… I think people get going into care and residential… they are very different.
‘Residential, for him, it gives him a chance to be an adult, get independent life skills and not just try and rely on me all the time. He deserves it. I’m trying to look for a 52-week placement for him.
‘Because some weekends, he makes friends and they want to go to the cinema or go bowling, he might not want to come to me. So it gives him the option to come to me or socialise with his friends and excel in his skills. Just to be a man basically.’
Katie also shared advice with parents who may be in a similar situation as she expressed: ‘Anyone watching, and they have a child with complex needs, I have to say he’s a man now because he doesn’t like it if I say he’s a boy, there’s lots of colleges but there’s a checklist and you tick off what complex needs he’s got.
‘It gets really difficult and anyone out there who’s watching and you’re going through the same thing, their personal care plan is one of the most important things to fill out because that will affect him for placements, and you’ll see the challenges in the documentary.
‘Because I didn’t know anything about what I would have to fill out, it was really challenging for me and I’m not really good with technology, filling out forms online and I’m like, ”Oh my God, how am I going to do all this?”
‘But you do get help for it all and thank God the doctors, social people, occupational therapists, the school, everyone gets involved and it’s a big journey but it’s worth it for the end, just be patient, you want to get the right college for your child.
‘Because I’m scared, you hear stories about sectioning and stuff and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, that is a different thing that I didn’t even know about either.’
Reality: One upcoming scene will show him headbutting and kicking doors during a college tour
Presenter Phillip, 58, then spoke about how Katie met Isabelle Garnett, whose 15-year-old autistic son Matthew was sectioned and later moved into residential care.
Katie stated: ‘I saw her on your show years ago and I asked the Producer if she could get in touch with the lady because I was so shocked at the time when she came on your show to know that her son had autism and was sectioned.
‘There’s over 2,000 people who have got autism who are sectioned, and people have to remember that having autism is not a mental health (issue), and I just thought, ”Oh my God, if someone arrested Harvey, even put him in a room, he would kick off.”
‘He would probably try and headbutt the walls and everything because they don’t understand him and he would look like a lunatic basically and they would probably sedate him, and there’s probably so many cases like that…
‘But once you’re in that system it could take up to five years to get out. That’s something that I would never want for Harvey, which is why it is so important to find the right college and the right people around him to be able to cope with him basically, because when he kicks off it can be really distressing to watch.’
On how she feels about Harvey going to college, Katie revealed: ‘It breaks my heart, I hate it. The fact is, he’s residential now, even though he’s not there because of Covid, it’s an hour away but these colleges I’m looking at are 3-4 hours away.
‘So if he calls me on his i-Pad, like he does, and goes, ”Mum, I need you, I need you now” it’s not just a quick trip up the road… But then everyone says, ”Kate, he’s in the best place. Look what he’s got there, look what he’s going to learn.”
‘So I can’t be selfish, because I never even wanted him to go to residential, it’s just the doctors, the teachers and my mum who were like, ”Kate, he will so benefit from going residential.”
‘So he’s been there a year and a half and he absolutely loves it, because I made it home-from-home.’
‘It gets really difficult’: The former Page 3 star also shared advice with parents who may be in a similar situation
Earlier this month, Katie revealed her son is living in his own three-bedroom house with CCTV cameras across the road from her, to prepare him for ‘independent living’.
The businesswoman said that their current set-up is to help Harvey become accustomed to living out of home so he doesn’t think that she has ‘sent him away’.
Mother-of-five Katie told US Weekly: ‘I’ve got him his own little house at the minute. It’s opposite where we live. It’s got all cameras in it.
‘So either I’m here or there’s a carer who’s known him for seven years from school. He’s got his own kitchen. It’s a three-bedroom house, so that’s the start of his independent living.
‘I’m doing it slowly for him. Otherwise I don’t want him to think I’ve just sent him away. It’s transitional.’
Katie Price: Harvey and Me airs on BBC One at 8:30pm on Monday night.