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We are a disability support provider in Lake Macquarie, NSW.
We believe that our school aged children and young adults with disabilities need constant interaction and communication with their peers, those of similar age and interests, to build and form friendships and life skills.
Our goal is to commence social programs for school aged children and continue supporting their development and independence when they leave school.
Our team at The Happy Human Hub have found that participants who choose to include educational games and programs integrated into their daily program, are continuing to show improvement in all areas including development in speech and communication, physical, tactile, gross and fine motor skills.
We have chosen ‘fun, interactive’ ways to support continuous learning in all aspects of the participant’s plan, including physical activities, improve independence, edu-tainment, community access and social activities.
To assist parents & carers with school aged children by supporting their development and journey to becoming young adults by building their confidence and independence to achieve their goals and maximise their potential.
Our vision is to create an all-inclusive environment for our young disability community to connect with their peers, have fun, grow, relax, learn, hangout and thrive. The integration of therapies, work programs and social groups into The Happy Human Hub reinforces our vision of creating the NEW concept full inclusion, culture club!
WHERE HAPPY HUMANS HANG OUT!
I am the mother of 3 beautiful intelligent girls, Morgan 24, Bree 21 and Sophie 18. Morgan was born with Jacobsens Syndrome which is displayed as a moderate to severe learning delay.
As the mother of a young adult with special needs, I want every possible opportunity for her to develop skills and gain knowledge associated with daily life.
For young adults that don’t have the ability or haven’t yet acquired the skills to gain employment when they leave school, the main option is your typical disability day program, and Morgan is in this category.
After finishing school Morgan was enrolled in Disability Support Day Program 5 days per week 6 hours a day. After a few months I noticed that there was very few activities offered in Morgan’s supports schedule that were targeting Morgan’s individual goals and interests.
Meetings and phone discussions were becoming more regular regarding Morgan’s goals and the level of care given around supporting her needs. The major turning point came for me when Morgan started returning home from her day program regularly upset and frustrated. Her demeanour went from always singing, happy and chatty to being visibly upset and cranky.
The reality of the situation finally became evident, when after nearly 3 years of discussions with the day support program, all it resulted in was seemingly unproductive use of NDIS funding. It was apparent that the support centre believed walking around shopping centres and going bowling, or to the movies was meeting Morgan’s individual goals.
The excuse I was given for not providing individual supports targeting Morgan’s goals and interests, regardless of her 1:1 funding came from Morgan’s Team Leader. He advised, “He had over 40 clients to try and coordinate activities for and not enough time or the staff to be able to provide individual 1:1 supports and activities aimed towards Morgan’s individual needs.”
Like me, most parents will visit day support centres in their local area before making the important decision on which support service to send their “child” too. The hard reality is that most Disability Support Providers I visited had basic group programs which were easily maintained and structured to facilitate higher numbers of participants.
Activities usually included trips to shopping centres for lunch, going to the movies, bowling etc. When cooking classes were provided, the support worker cooked for the participant with very little interaction on their part, and the food was not specific to the individuals dietary or sensory needs or tastes and was catered for on a “group” basis. So, you have to ask yourself, “How does that benefit the participant achieving their individual goals?”
Something needed to change.
So, I employed a support worker for Morgan, around similar age, who was outgoing, enthusiastic, up to date with technology and shared an interest of games, music and activities. I created or found programs and activities that continued to provide basic subject criteria based on Morgan’s capabilities and incorporated technology learning programs with the use of her iPad.
After a short time, Morgan began to not only excel in her reading, speech, maths and money skills, she also was happy to engage in outdoor activities and social participation. Morgan was happy and enjoyed learning as it was incorporated into fun activities. She was learning without even realising it.
THE OPENING OF THE HAPPY HUMAN HUB
With the excitement and accomplishment of Morgan’s goals being met, I was beginning to think other kids could benefit from programs like the one I had provided for Morgan.
So, I bravely took out a second mortgage on my home and purchased a property where I could provide a hub for kids to learn and have fun……. And The Happy Human Hub, “Where Happy Humans Hang Out” was created.
My fiance’ Brad and I spent hours upon hours and many late nights, renovating and decorating the space and are proud of what we have created to share with the community today.
What makes us different?
Our facilities have dedicated rooms to assist with creating individual programs. We have a sensory room, media & gaming room, edu-tainment room, salon, arts and crafts room, and full kitchen & laundry facilities.
We want to share our hub, so we’ve opened our doors to all.
BOOK NOW – Any of the individual rooms can be booked for use throughout the week with support from your own Support Worker OR you can book support with our dedicated Support Staff.
EDU-tainment – Our team at The Happy Human Hub have found that participants who choose to include edu-tainment games and programs integrated into their daily program, are continuing to show improved development in speech and communication, physical, tactile, gross and fine motor skills.
We have chosen ‘fun, interactive’ ways to support continuous learning in all aspects of the participant’s plan, including physical activities, improved independence, non-stop knowledge subjects, community access and social activities.
Our mission is to build an environment for connection and support of kids from 7+ years of age. Our Social Connection Club programs are designed to reinforce their confidence, support their independence and prepare them for daily life by providing life skills in readiness for their personal growth into teenagers and young adults.
At The Happy Human Hub, our values are significant to us. We incorporate our values to guide us to grow and serve our clients.