Kate Gosselin is ready to talk about her son Collin.
In the new issue of People, the reality star revealed that her 12-year-old has special needs, and discussed how she’s getting her little man the best help she can.
The blonde opened up to the mag about it, saying:
“Collin has special needs. [There’s] a fairly fluid diagnosis of what those needs are, but he needs to learn certain strategies to help him deal with things.”
The 41-year-old also explained Collin is away from home, “enrolled in a program that is helping him learn the skills he needs to be the best him he can be.”
The Pennsylvania native dished that it’s been a very difficult situation, considering she’s raising her son on her own:
“This has been a struggle we’ve had for a very long time, and it’s one I’ve dealt with on my own. I’ve felt very alone in this. By the same token, it’s not something that has only impacted me or him ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ our entire family has been impacted.”
And it affects the momma and her eight kids because it’s emotionally painful knowing Collin isn’t home:
“We miss him so much, so it’s been hard because there is a huge hole in our family without him here. But it comforts us to know he’s where he needs to be right now, and I can feel good about that.”
But, the TLC alum admitted she’s staying strong during her boy’s time away:
“When your kids go to college, do you miss them? Yes, but you reassure yourself that they are getting so much out of it. And that’s the same sort of investment I feel like I’ve made Collin’s future.”
Since it’s been ten years since the lovely lady and then-husband Jon Gosselin first filmed their reality show, the parent also reflected on the past decade:
“When you’re younger, you may have more energy, but when you’re older, you’re wiser. We’ve been through so much, from the divorce to issues with Collin, and now I see that the other things I thought were important are just not.”
In fact, the TV personality confessed there’s really only one thing she would change about the entire experience:
“If I could go back, I wouldn’t spend so much time worrying about the messes and the obsessive compulsiveness and needing to be so in control. I would spend more time nibbling little feet and cuddling up. I worried about so many things I just didn’t need to be worrying about when they were still so young, and I came on way too strong. I should have just rolled around on the floor some. I wouldn’t have melted down as much.”
We’re glad Kate is doing everything she can for her family.
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