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What is Brain in Hand?

Brain in Hand’s unique software is packed with features to help students reduce anxiety, remember events, feel supported and get the most out of their time at university.

Students can identify situations where they have difficulty and plan strategies in advance.  Smartphone technology means these are always available through the Brain in Hand App to refer to when needed and keep their learning on track.

Everyone uses Brain in Hand a little differently.  Your students might use Brain in Hand to reinforce academic strategies, or to support wellbeing and social, emotional or behavioural strategies.

Using Brain in Hand can also enable students and their Non-Medical Helpers to communicate effectively and develop the kind of support that works best for them.


Want to know more about Brain in Hand?

Get started now by accessing free training and webinars for HE professionals.  You can also find out more below about Brain in Hand and how your students can benefit.


Ready to recommend Brain in Hand?

View our step by step guide (SFE&SFW) or (SAAS) for recommending Brain in Hand, download generic quotes below or complete the form opposite for a tailored quote for your student.


If you have any questions about recommending Brain in Hand licences, subscriptions or Specialist AT Training, please email us on or call 01392 247909 to speak to a member of our team.

Request a tailored quote for your student




Finding out more

View and share What is Brain in Hand? for an overview of the University Edition.

Then, there are a number of ways in which you can get a better understanding of Brain in Hand.


Firstly, if you or any colleagues are interested in finding out more we’d be delighted to arrange a call or to provide you with some free training directly:

  • Full Training Session – If you have a training time scheduled in the near future we would be happy to visit and provide a CPD session for you and your team (this would typically last 90 minutes and include interactive sessions and online demonstrations)
  • Online Awareness Session – schedule an online training session for you and any interested colleagues to provide an overview (this would last around 50minutes)
  • Join a webinar – you are welcome to join one of our scheduled webinars.  Visit our webinar page to book a place.


Secondly, view and share our short taster clip, to give you an overview of Brain in Hand.
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Thirdly, view and share the videos within our ‘Resources for Students’ section below to hear from students using Brain in Hand.  You may also like to visit our Case Studies page.


These, and many more resources for students with Brain in Hand, are also available on our University Student Support Page.


Please call us on 01392 247909 or email us at to discuss how we can help.


Assessing and recommending

Full details to support your assessment and recommendation can be found below.

Please also download and print our step by step guide (SFE/SFW) or (SAAS) for recommending Brain in Hand.



Brain in Hand is ideal for students who sometimes struggle to make decisions about and respond quickly to everyday challenges or who need strategies put in place to manage anxiety, day to day activities and situations.

SFE restricts funding to students with:

  • Autistic Spectrum Conditions
    (including Asperger syndrome and other Pervasive Development Disorders such as PDA and PDD-NOS)
  • Acquired brain injury.

Other funding bodies fund Brain in Hand for students with a variety of diagnoses.

Please view our resources for students (below) for videos and demonstrations you can provide to students during the needs assessment in order to determine interest and suitability.



The student’s Brain in Hand account can be accessed via a secure website using any internet browser – no software installation is required.

The free Brain in Hand app can be downloaded from the:

  • Apple App Store onto iOS devices (version 8+)
  • Google Play Store onto Android devices (version 4.0.3+).

For a guide to downloading the app and information about compatibility please click here.


Making Recommendations

Brain in Hand allows users to identify situations where they have difficulty, plan strategies in advance and input them into their secure website. Smartphone technology means these are always available through the Brain in Hand app to refer to when needed, reinforce strategies and keep their learning on track.  A Traffic Light system enables the monitoring and review of progress to inform strategy development as the student’s needs change.

Brain in Hand University Edition can support students to implement strategies to overcome the following study difficulties:

✔  Concentration                   ✔  Physical health

✔  Energy levels                     ✔  Structure in writing

✔  Time management           ✔  Organisation

✔  Mobility                             ✔  Confidence

✔  Mood                                 ✔  Motivation

✔  Short-term memory         ✔  Communication

Students may therefore use Brain in Hand to reinforce and implement strategies they develop (independently, or with their NMH or university on-site support) in relation to any of the areas within section B of the needs assessment.  In addition, Brain in Hand helps students to reduce their anxiety, and increase their independence.


Collaboration with Non-Medical Helpers

It may be useful to include reference within the Needs Assessment recommendations for Non-Medical Helpers to encourage the student’s use of Brain in Hand to review difficulties and develop strategies.  For example, they may support the student to:

  • Review the timeline – to gain insight into patterns of anxiety or difficulty, and to reinforce positive achievements
  • Input strategies into the website – to reinforce strategies developed and encourage their use independently, outside of NMH sessions
  • Record problems faced and solutions used, via the app – to highlight difficulties earlier and inform the content of NMH sessions.

To provide Non-Medical Helpers with information and support using Brain in Hand please view and share What is Brain in Hand? and our NMH Supporter Guide.


What do students get?

Students with Brain in Hand University Edition will receive:

  • Licence and secure website storage
  • Smartphone / tablet device app and synchronisation
  • Assistance with set-up and Specialist AT Training (from the NMH allowance)
  • Notifications to enable you to highlight a difficulty or let someone know that you need additional support
  • Remote support* from a Brain in Hand Facilitator (in place for the first 120 days, extendable for the first year).

*This is a transition tool to help students make the best use of their technology.  It is not a crisis service and not a replacement for Specialist Mentor (non-medical helper) or University on-site support.


DSA will fund Brain in Hand for the student’s time at university, for as long as they are using it and finding it beneficial.  Brain in Hand will manage the renewal process direct with the student and the funding body.

Quoting for Brain in Hand


Ready to Recommend?

View our step by step guide (SFE&SFW) or (SAAS) for recommending Brain in Hand and complete the form above for a tailored quote for your student.

Alternatively, download one of the generic quotes below to include in your Needs Assessment Report recommendations…


Downloadable Quotes

Brain in Hand University Edition DSA Quotes (Year One Licence including 120days TLR + Subscription + Specialist Training):

  • SFE funded support provision to begin in academic year 2018-19, for students on 3 Year Courses or 4 Year Courses
  • SFE funded support provision within the 2017-18 academic year, for students on 3 Year Courses or 4 Year Courses
  • SAAS funded support provision to begin in academic year 2018-19, for students on 3 Year Courses or 4 Year Courses (or students paying direct for their Specialist Equipment)
  • SAAS funded support provision to begin in academic year 2017-18, for students on 3 Year Courses or 4 Year Courses (or students paying direct for their Specialist Equipment).

Brain in Hand University Edition Subscription + Specialist Training DSA Quotes
(where the year one licence is being supplied via an alternative AT supplier):

Brain in Hand University Edition Specialist Training only DSA Quote
 (where year one licence and subscription have already been quoted for):

Brain in Hand University Edition Licence Subscription Only DSA Quote
 (where needed to confirm renewal or where the year one licence and Specialist Training have already been quoted for):


HEI / Private / Grant Funded Brain in Hand University Edition Quotes:


The DSA2 Entitlement Letter

The funding body will approve / confirm suppliers in the student’s DSA2 Entitlement Letter, which should include:

  • Brain in Hand Year One Licence – supplied by Brain in Hand direct or via any ATSP
  • Brain in Hand Subscription – for subsequent academic years, direct from Brain in Hand
  • Brain in Hand Specialist AT Training – direct from Brain in Hand.

Examples of correct DSA2 Letters can be viewed here.



What happens next?

When you receive confirmation that a student has been funded for Brain in Hand as part of their DSA Support Provision please:


Resources for students

During the needs assessment it may be beneficial to show the student one of our short video clips (below) to provide an overview of how students are using their technology and the benefits it may bring:

  • Hear from a selection of students as they describe the positive impact Brain in Hand has had on their life

  • Hear Rosie King talk to the BBC’s ‘The One Show’ about using Brain in Hand to support her as she goes to university for the first time

  • Hear about The National Autistic Society’s work with Brain in Hand and from Daggy, a final year student, talking about Brain in Hand has supported her on her degree


Hear from students and staff at DeMontfort University, talking about their experiences of using Brain in Hand:

Visit DMU student stories to see the year one evaluation and read Holly and Saajan’s case studies.


These, and many more resources for students with Brain in Hand, are also available on our University Student Support page.


Demonstration accounts

We would be happy to create an example account so your assessment centre can demonstrate the app.

This pre-populated account and will give an illustration of some of the strategies a student may input into their Brain in Hand.

Please be aware though, the app is only one component of the system and (a training session is recommended in order to gain full insight into how this works in conjunction with the other elements).

Please email us or call 01392 247909 to speak to request a demonstration account.


Students funded for Brain in Hand

When you receive confirmation that a student has been funded for Brain in Hand as part of their DSA Support Provision please:


  • 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.

    Brain in Hand user

    Read our case studies ›
  • 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.

    Parent of a Brain in Hand user

    Read our case studies ›
  • “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.”

    Brain in Hand user

    Read our case studies ›

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