At least one in 20 children in South Africa suffers from Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – a disorder marked by symptoms of inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsivity. Although mental health clinics exist in the public sector, children with ADHD often never reach this point of diagnosis and treatment due to a lack of awareness and knowledge in their communities. They are never screened for ADHD, and may be labelled as naughty, or “stupid”, or just silently fall out of the educational system and only come to our attention when absorbed in the criminal justice system. These children never have the opportunity to flourish.
Goldilocks and The Bear Foundation (2017/112190/08; 191-227NPO; PBO 930057313) is the first initiative in South Africa to offer non-profit ADHD screening and early intervention in underprivileged communities. This will ensure early referral, diagnosis and treatment, and improve the quality of life of these children. The Foundation focuses on raising awareness of ADHD, increasing the knowledge of and providing training to parents, teachers, and healthcare workers, providing screening and early identification of children with ADHD at schools, referring them for timely intervention and treatment, and capturing statistics on the prevalence and management of ADHD in South African children.
Our vision: To provide screening services for the early identification and intervention for children with ADHD, and other mental health disorders and learning difficulties.
Our mission: To ensure that all children with ADHD (and other mental health disorders) have the necessary mental health support to develop to their full potential.