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Katie Price: Harvey and Me review – a candid portrait of mother and son

Price uses her platform to highlight the joys and difficulties of being the parent of a child with special needs, who is now on the brink of adulthood“Half of them keep him alive,” says the woman matter-of-factly as she shakes out tablets from the array of medicine bottles before her, “and the other half are for his behaviour.” The woman is Katie Price, formerly known as the glamour model Jordan and still a tabloid draw, if not the constant feature she was in her self-created and powerfully managed heyday. The medicine is for her eldest son, Harvey. He has a rare genetic disorder called septo-optic dysplasia and a virtually unique combination of other conditions, including autism and complicated hormonal issues. He is nearly 18, and comprehends life at roughly the level of a seven-year-old. He is loving, charming, funny – sometimes wittingly, sometimes unwittingly – but can be volatile, and is unable to cope well with change or unexpected events. There is damaged plasterwork all over their home, and Harvey’s younger siblings know to run upstairs “if he kicks off”.Katie Price: Harvey and Me (BBC One) is the story of Price’s efforts to find suitable new care and educational arrangements for her son as he reaches his majority and must transfer out of the child and into the adult system that will have to try to meet his complex needs for the rest of his life. Made by a longtime friend of the family, it also has the inescapable feel of a pre-emptive strike against media criticism Price is likely to face for “sending her child away” (from people who have no more feeling for her as a person, as opposed to column-fodder, or any more idea of the challenges involved in caring for a disabled child than they do of quantum physics). Continue reading...


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