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Supporting students to ‘Be well Learn well'

​​​The integration of early intervention and health promoting methodologies in remote school settings is central to the Be well Learn well program.

CheckUP, in partnership with Gidgee Healing and the Apunipima Cape York Health Council, deliver targeted allied health services to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from Prep to Year 12 in remote state schools across Queensland.

Improved wellbeing, improves attendance

Scott was a Year 2 student who had experienced trauma and had issues socialising with his peers and engaging in the classroom. In 2017, Scott received allied health services under the Be well Learn well program from a speech pathologist, occupational therapist and psychologist. Scott's therapy plan focused on self-regulation, trauma counselling, sensory regulation, oral language, literacy skills, and articulation therapy.

With the support from these services and implementation of classroom strategies, Scott's school attendance has improved along with his wellbeing and behaviour. Additionally, Scott's speech clarity has progressed where there has been an increase in classroom participation, engagement with friends and confidence. This multidisciplinary approach has enabled Scott to develop skills to engage positively with his education.

Lifting engagement in the classroom

Early intervention from the Be well Learn well program has supported Mary, a Year 1 student, who was finding it difficult to engage in classroom activities and was easily distracted. In April 2017, Mary was referred to the Be well Learn well program where she received occupational therapy and speech language therapy services. This therapy targeted attention, concentration, fine motor skills, expressive language and literacy.

Since receiving therapy, Mary is now participating in classroom activities and follows instructions in small groups. Mary's expressive language has also improved, which has increased her literacy and reading comprehension skills.

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Last updated
01 November 2018