Katie Price documented her decision to send her eldest child to a specialist college in the BBC documentary Katie Price: Harvey and Me, and the 19-year-old is now enjoying life at the National Star College in Cheltenham
The 19-year-old has severe autism, is partially blind and suffers from a rare complex genetic condition called Prader-Willi syndrome, and is currently living at the National Star College in Cheltenham.
Katie documented her decision to send Harvey to a specialist college that could cater to his needs in the BBC documentary Katie Price: Harvey and Me, which aired earlier this year.
On Wednesday, she took to Instagram to share the touching photo of her eldest child, as she revealed he’s been learning new skills since starting at the college.
“Harvey learning his independent skills,” the 43-year-old wrote.
In the snap, Harvey can be seen concentrating as he carefully places his washing on the clothes airer.
Katie’s fans heaped praise on the teenager in the comments, with one writing: “Excellent Harvey, so proud of you.”
“Fantastic work!” another wrote, as one fan added: “Beautiful Harvey, doing great, well done.”
“Good on you Harvey! Just like any young man his age!!! Well done!!” one wrote, as one follower commented: “Admirable move on your and his part. Motivated me to make some positive life skill changes on my end with my son. Spectacular momma you are.”
“Ahhhh, I see you chose the best setting for him (I’ve been there many times in my line of work). Well done Harvey,” another added, acknowledging Katie and Harvey’s journey to find him the best residential college to cater for his needs.
Katie, who is also mum to Junior, 16, Princess, 13, Jett, seven, and six-year-old Bunny, spoke about Harvey’s health battles in her recent memoir, Harvey and Me, and said he will live at the college in Cheltenham for the next six years.
“I hope like any mum with a child with a severe, complex disability, that Harvey will be able to live a full and independent life,” the former Page 3 pin-up wrote.
“But I know Harvey best and I know he will always need his mum. I will always encourage him to be independent and continue his journey in an environment I think he will thrive in,” Katie explained.
Harvey is supported by trained specialists at the award-winning college, which caters for people aged 16 to 25, and features a wide programme of activities, including aquatic therapy and drama.
Katie has admitted it’s not easy for her to not see Harvey every day.
“I’ve been responsible for him all his life, and now it feels weird to have this freedom,” she wrote.