Måns Möller started the Viggo Foundation because he did not find a sports club / activity that suited his son Viggo who has autistic syndrome with a mild developmental disorder. He is not able to take instructions or function in group contexts as easily as normally functioning children. When they went to the ski school and he told them about their son's diagnosis and asked if they could join, they panicked and replied that they did not dare to bring Viggo into the group because they had no special skills to train "those children".
After a period of growing frustration, Måns decided to do something about it.
His first focus has been to raise money to be able to develop a long-term training model that is suitable for children with neuropsychiatric disabilities.
One vision we have is that in our fantastic Swedish association life it should be normal to have a section for children and young people with NPF diagnoses.
Neuropsychiatric disabilities (NPF) are the collective name for a variety of diagnoses such as autism, Aspenbergs, ADHD, ADD, Tourette's syndrome, OCD, dyslexia, dyscalculia and more. In Sweden, approx. 25,000 children are diagnosed with NPF diagnoses of various kinds and it is not uncommon for one and the same child to have several of these diagnoses.
Research shows that there is a link between NPF diagnoses and depression, anxiety symptoms and other psychosomatic diseases such as chronic migraine. They are at increased risk of developing various types of addiction, suffering from cardiovascular disease and having a delayed circadian rhythm and sleep disorders. Depending on the type of diagnosis, NPF can also lead to social disabilities, learning and concentration difficulties as well as physiological "weaknesses" such as impaired coordination ability. The difficulties create exclusion, which causes suffering for the children themselves and their families.
It is common for children with NPF diagnoses to have a negative self-image that is shaped by recurring experiences of failures in, for example, school work, with classmates, sports and other social contexts. They often fall victim to bullying and easily end up in conflict with other children. All in all, children with NPF diagnoses require extra resources, which entails large costs for society.
As all research shows, physical activity has many physiological and psychological health benefits. Exercise counteracts stress, anxiety, depression and reduces the risk of developing a variety of diseases such as diabetes and Alzheimer's. Exercise also improves endurance, sleep quality, memory and learning ability. All children feel good about physical activity, but children with NPF have an even greater need to get oxygenated blood to the brain. The problem is that these children with an NPF diagnosis are currently falling between the cracks - they are not able to train with the normally functioning children, but they are not handicapped enough to find their place in disability sports.
"One of my son's biggest disabilities is that it is not visible on the outside that he is disabled" - Måns Möller