It was established in 2022 and now employs 10 staff and includes Occupational Therapists, School Councillors and Allied Health Assistants.
Aboriginal children are often faced with a number of barriers that prevent them from accessing education including disability, hearing problems and complex social issues, and the Happy Heart Hub is designed to assist in removing these barriers.
Students are able to take responsibility for their behaviour and take a break from the classroom by going to the Happy Heart Hub. Here they can connect with staff, relax and settle down through connection and co-regulation, returning to class refreshed and ready to concentrate and learn.
The Happy Heart Hub also provides strategies and support for all students in behaviour and emotions (not just those who have a diagnosis) as well as supporting Yipirinya staff in de-escalation, challenging behaviours and co-regulation.
Accessing Allied Health support for students within the school allows quicker therapy services, management plans and support systems to be put in place much faster than the public health system. This has immediate benefits to the students, improving educational outcomes and ultimately working towards closing the gap.
The Happy Heart Hub staff also connect families with external support agencies and advocate for support for their children.
The Happy Heart Hub is another way Yipirinya School nurtures learning through western support systems and traditional healing practices and knowledge.
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