Katie Price has shared how she always makes time to support other parents of children with autism by offering words of support.
The model and TV star is a mum of five whose eldest son, Harvey, has a number of conditions including Prader-Willi Syndrome, autism and partial blindness.
Katie and Harvey, 19, are about to feature in their second BBC documentary, Katie Price: What Harvey Did Next, showing how the teen has adjusted to his new life at a residential college.
Talking about supporting other parents, Katie said: "When I see other people out I go up to them - because I can tell straight away if their son, child or anyone they’re with has autism - and I say ‘you know what, I think you’re doing a really good job’.
"I don’t think they would ever expect it, no one ever does that to me either. You are isolated and it is challenging.
"I do dread taking Harvey out, because I know it’s going to be a nightmare: exhausting, challenging, because you just don’t know what he’s going to do - but I still make him do it."
The Prices' first documentary, Katie Price: Harvey and Me was met with critical acclaim for showing the realities of life for families in their situation and Katie said that she was full of pride for her eldest son.
She said: "I’m proud of Harvey in so many ways. People have to remember I got told he wouldn’t walk, talk or do anything really and he does it all.
"He’s very challenging, as you know – he's on around 25 tablets a day and that’s just to keep him alive, keep him going and for his behaviour.
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"So for him to go to college without me - because that’s all he knows - I'm really proud about how he has adjusted to me not being there."
Katie admitted that it had been hard to let go after doing so much on her own - Harvey's father Dwight Yorke has never had any involvement in his life - but said that she felt "massive relief" over accepting help from Harvey's college.
She added: "With Harvey, it’s always been me and him; I do like a challenge. I like to set myself goals because the more people put me down, the more they say ‘you can’t do this, you can’t do that’, I turn it around, you’ve got to turn it around, I’m driven by it.
"Don't get me wrong, there are obstacles all the time and dramas, trust me I’ve been there, but you’ve always got to have that little fight in you to try and get through it and then you do in the end. I’m not saying it’s always easy."
Katie Price: What Harvey Did Next airs on Monday, 7 March at 9pm on BBC One.
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