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Sarah Alexander, 30, from Farnborough in Hampshire is on the autistic spectrum. She has found it hard to stay in employment for longer than three to four months. But since using Brain in Hand, things have changed.

Sarah has been using Brain in Hand software for a number of months now. It gives her access to her own personal coping strategies which she can call on anytime; an anxiety monitor and a red button response feature giving her the ability to request additional help. She can also log onto a website where she can review her usage to reflect, focus on success and also spot any new problems.

Talking about her experiences Sarah shares:

“I’m currently using the Brain in Hand app and this has helped me as I know that I have something to call upon if I get stressed at work. For me this has been the most useful as I do not have to continually face people that I can sometimes find difficult to get on with or they do not really understand me. The App has helped me to think about strategies to help myself. I use the app both on my phone and my Ipad and I know that I can use it at any time and get a response if needed. It has been like a ‘comfort blanket’ to me.

“I am training to become a dental nurse and am now at a dental practice in Farnborough. I have been with the practice since 1 September 2015, and I have now been offered a contract working with one particular dentist. The practice has been really supportive and it is the first time that I have been able to make friends at work.”

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  • Brain in Hand has helped me to solve all sorts of problems by myself, which has really built my confidence. For example, I have an issue with eye contact when I talk with friends. To solve this, I plan in advance what I can say to a person, which is something I put into my Brain in Hand.

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  • I wish that there had been something like this when I was a headteacher of a challenging school for those individuals who were either autistic or suffered from anxiety. It would have added another level of support.

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  • “We can use Brain in Hand to help people to achieve those outcomes and use the data from the system to demonstrate this: You put the same things into Brain in Hand that are being measured by the council.”

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