Although Kate Gosselin's divorce and estranged relationship from ex Jon Gosselin have been very public for years, Kate and her children have been quietly struggling with a more private issue—Collin Gosselin's special needs.
In the this week's issue of People magazine, Kate opens up about her 12-year-old son and the private problems she and her kids have been working to handle over the past few years. Collin is away at a program designed to help him gain better "life skills," so he can learn to handle his "educational and social challenges," which Kate has discussed in the past, more easily.
"Collin has special needs," Kate tells the magazine. "[There's a fairly fluid diagnosis of what those needs are, but he needs to learn certain strategies to help him deal with things. 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."