British stars Katie ‘Jordan’ Price, husband Peter Andre, and kids Junior and Princess recently did a Halloween photoshoot with OK! magazine, but son Harvey Daniel, 5 1/2, was not doing well enough to participate.
This week, Katie and Harvey are featured in their own photoshoot at a soft play area — click below for interview highlights.
How Harvey is doing now:
Really well — he’s talking a hell of a lot and becoming quite a character, although lately his behavior has been getting worse and it’s quite hard work.
We’ve had to put a tent up in the kitchen because he uses a tent at school as a chill-out area, so he goes in there at home and it chills him out. It’s better than the naughty step because then he just laughs when he’s put on there. I don’t believe in whacking your kids, so the tent works quite well in calming him down.
What she thinks made his behavior worse:
Well, he went to the hospital and it turns out he’s got an ear infection and a urinary tract infection so that’s why it’s been getting bad. Any sound like doors shutting — when it’s not him shutting it, he goes nuts.
We took him to the soft play area for the photoshoot and he was perfect in there. Then we took him outside and he was just lying the road and everyone was stopping to look, and I couldn’t lift him. He was just lying there moaning and kicking his legs so I had to wait and then three of us managed to lift him into the car and he was hitting us and flipping like a fish.
It was just because I opened the car door, not him. It happens all the time. There’s nothing wrong with his ears because they’ve been tested, but for some reason that’s his thing.
On his septo-optic dysplasia, which causes blindness, cognitive delay, hormonal and weight issues:
As far as I know, it will stay the same. He just has to have his medicine and he’s fine. If you don’t give him his medicine, it’s fatal. He also has diabetes but it’s not the sugar diabetes — his diabetes affects his waterworks — it’s called diabetes insipidus. I don’t know why they call it diabetes because it doesn’t need to be controlled with diet or insulin.
[He has checkups] all the time. Every week he’s seeing someone — the doctor, the hospital, the health visitor. [Regarding his sight], he can see the top letter of the testing board, which is amazing considering we were told he would never see.
He’s definitely improving. If he was to throw a toy and I said, ‘Go and pick it up,’ he would go right to it.
How he is with his siblings:
He playswith Junior nicely but occasionally he’ll give him a sly little slap.Sometimes he will hit Princess on the head and she’ll just look like anodding dog — a bit shocked with her eyes big, but she’s sogood-natured and placid she doesn’t cry.
He’ll hit anyone — if hewants you, he’ll come for you. It’s just a symptom of his condition.
On his personality:
He’s on the autistic spectrum. He’s not a very sociable kid and he’s not very tactile — I mean I’mlucky if I get a cuddle — but he’s not as bad as some kids on the autisticspectrum. He does show affection sometimes.
He loves musical toys with lights, he loves fresh air, going on the beach. He loves being independent — opening doors and shutting them himself, walking outside at home, and he loves trying to control people. Like if you’re in a conversation, he’ll try to join in. We communicate back and forth absolutely fine.
On the future:
We won’t know until he’s older [if he can live on his own]. He’s already doing more now than what we thought so we’ll just have to take it as it comes and see how it goes.
Thanks to CBB reader Olivia and ONTD.