Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
2 minute read
16 Nov 2019
6:40 am

New book for kids sheds light on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Brian Sokutu

'When undiagnosed or not effectively treated, ADHD often sees children being unfairly labelled as naughty, delinquent, unteachable and adults as lazy or incompetent.'

Co-author Renata Schoeman and illustrator David Griessel with SA’s first book on ADHD for children. Picture: Claire Greenspan

With one in 20 South African children suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and an estimated one million adults experiencing the same condition, a new fictional book has been written – aimed at creating awareness for early detection and intervention. With illustrations by David Griessel and co-written by professor Renata Schoeman – a psychiatrist and the co-author of the South African management guidelines for ADHD – and Refiloe Moahloli, the book is a colourful narrative that explores the adventurous life of Zee. Printed in English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa, isiZulu and Sesotho, it explains how a child with ADHD perceives and...