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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/communication or behavioural strategies that will impact their ability to engage with their university career.

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?

We run free webinars and visit universities and assessment centres to deliver workshops. To see dates and reserve your place now Book here.





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 request a quote for your student.

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

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.

 

Training

Get started now by accessing free training and webinarsfor HE professionals.

  • Join a webinar – we run a series of taster webinars (60mins each) for HE professionals. Visit our training page to book a place.
  • Online Awareness Session – schedule an online training session for you and any interested colleagues to provide an overview and demonstration (typically 60mins).
  • Full Training Session – We visit universities and assessment centres to deliver workshops (90-120mins), so that everyone can familiarise themselves with the features and advantages of Brain in Hand, hear stories from our student users, learn interactively and find out more about the recommendation process.

Visit our training page or contact us to book a place.

 

Demonstration Account

You can also familiarise yourself with the software and show students some of the strategies from a demonstration account.

Just download the free Brain in Hand appfrom the App or Google Play store onto your iOS or Android smart devices (phones or tablets/iPads).

The login details are:

  • Username: student@BiH-demo
  • Password: demo (all lower case)

Please do not share the login details with students, as it does not have full functionality.

We would be happy to provide you and your colleagues with a demonstration account for your assessment centre following awareness training or webinar attendance.

 

View and share the videos

Visit 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 DSA@braininhand.co.uk to discuss how we can help.

 

What is Brain in Hand University Edition?

 

What is in the DSA-funded package?

Students with Brain in Hand University Edition will receive:

  • Licence and subscription – students can access Brain in Hand throughout their university career, for as long as they are using it and finding it beneficial
  • Secure website storage – providing a structured framework for students to manage and organise their time, identify situations they find difficult, set goals, and plan strategies in advance on their Brain in Hand website
  • App and synchronisation for iOS and Android smartphone / tablet devices – the student’s Brain in Hand is always available to refer to when needed, to quickly find their best coping strategies and keep their learning on track
  • Traffic Light tool – gives students the ability to reflect on progress and monitor anxiety, as well as identify and reward successes and highlight difficulties
  • Timeline of app activity – to enable the student and their supporters to review progress and gain insight to identify patterns, highlight difficulties, celebrate achievements and keep improving
  • Notifications – to remind students about strategies for important activities and events, be aware of missed tasks, to remember to reflect, and to enable them to highlight a difficulty or let someone know that they need additional support
  • Remote support from a Brain in Hand Traffic Light Responder (in place for the first 120 days, extendable within the first licence year where beneficial to support independence) – a transition tool to help students make the best use of their technology when new to university; not a crisis service and not a replacement for Specialist Mentor / Study Skills (non-medical helper) or University on-site support.
  • Specialist Training – includes personal planning sessions to develop solution-focused and practical strategies within the Brain in Hand framework to support students to overcome barriers to learning and achieve their goals, as well as provide assistance with setting up Brain in Hand in a way that best suits the student’s needs.

 

How is Brain in Hand accessed?

The student’s Brain in Hand cloud-based account can be accessed via a secure website (webapp) using any internet browser – no software installation is required on a pc/laptop.

The Brain in Hand mobile app can be downloaded to smartphones or tablet devices from:

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

A licence subscription is required to log into an account.

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.

 

Who is Brain in Hand for? (Eligibility)

Brain in Hand is suitable for students whose condition impacts their ability to make decisions about, and respond quickly to, everyday challenges (typically students with impairment to executive functioning, memory deficit or a mental health difficulty, particularly anxiety).

Students with the following diagnoses that may benefit from utilising Brain in Hand to support them to overcome their barriers to learning (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder including: Asperger syndrome and other Pervasive Development Disorders such as PDA and PDD-NOS
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Specific Learning Disability (SpLDs)such as: dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia
  • Tourette’s
  • Hearing or Visual Impairment where this impacts language development
  • Acquired brain injury including: traumatic injury or stroke
  • Physical Difficulties / Chronic Medical Diagnoses* including, but not limited to, ME, MS, Narcolepsy, diabetes, epilepsy
  • Depression*
  • Bipolar Disorder*
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder including PANDAS
  • Phobias* including: agrophobia, social anxiety disorder, specific phobias
  • Personality Disorder*
  • Anxiety Disorders including: social anxiety disorder, eating disorder, panic disorders
  • Psychotic Illness* including: Schizophrenia
  • Conversion / Somatoform Disorders* including: BDD, Functional Neurological Symptom Disorder.

*Please note: where these physical or mental health disorders are the primary diagnosis Brain in Hand will be suitable to help address barriers arising from the impact on executive functioning, memory or associated anxiety, but would not be suitable to support a recovery model without clinical involvement.

 

What is Brain in Hand for?

Students may use Brain in Hand to identify, recall, reinforce and implement strategies they develop (independently, or with their NMH or university on-site support) to overcome the following barriers:

  • Planning, organisation, time management, establishing and maintaining routines
  • Problem solving
  • Working and short-term memory deficits
  • Initiating, monitoring or inhibition of actions
  • Monitoring and improving levels of energy, concentration, mood, anxiety, confidence, independence and motivation
  • Communication, engagement, participation and social interaction
  • Mobility and travel (in terms of travel confidence, motivation, access strategies, and managing associated anxiety).

Brain in Hand may therefore be recommended to support a student to overcome the specific barriers above within any of the sections within the needs assessment report.

 

Other Non-Medical Help Provision

Brain in Hand is not a replacement for a Specialist Mentor or Study-Skills tutor, but it can effectively complement the support provided by band 4 non-medical helpers or other university on-site disability and wellbeing support.

It’s useful to include guidance in the Needs Assessment Report (NAR) for Specialist Mentors / Study Skills tutors to use Brain in Hand collaboratively with students to: gain insightinto specific difficulties, focus and structuresupport sessions, reinforce strategiesdeveloped and build confidence and independence.

Full guidance for Non-Medical Helpers and other supporters, including a step-by-step guide for using Brain in Hand collaboratively in support sessions can be found on our NMH Supporters page.

 

How is Brain in Hand accessed? (Compatibility)

The student’s Brain in Hand cloud-based account can be accessed via a secure website (webapp) using any internet browser – no software installation is required on a pc/laptop.

The Brain in Hand mobile app can be downloaded to smartphones or tablet devices from:

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

The student must have a compatible smartphone or tablet device to use the Brain in Hand mobile app.  A licence subscription is required to log into an account.

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

 

 

Quoting for Brain in Hand

 

Ready to Recommend?

View our step by step guide (SFE&SFW) or (SAAS) for recommending Brain in Hand or request a 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 provision, 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.

What happens next?

When you receive confirmation that a student has been funded for Brain in Hand please:

 

How is Brain in Hand Delivered?

 

Student Registration

We ask all students to register with us online (or by phone) so that we can ensure we have the students’ contact details, HE Provider, the details of anyone they would like to nominate to help them arrange their support and also any communication needs or preferences.  This enables us to best match the student with a local Specialist Trainer.

At registration we also ask for a copy of their DSA2 letter to confirm their provision, check again that they have compatible smartphone / tablet device, explain what we do with their data and why, and confirm the next steps with them so they are fully informed.

 

Specialist Training

The student’s Approved Specialist Trainer will contact them to arrange their first session at home or at university.  We encourage students to invite their Specialist Mentor or another supporter (such as a family member) to their Specialist Training sessions if appropriate.

The student will need to arrange somewhere quiet for their session where they can use a laptop or pc connected to the internet for up to 2 hours each time.

 

Licence Activation

We will activate the students’ Brain in Hand licence remotely using by sending a secure link via email; although most choose to wait until during their Specialist Training session to set up their accounts.  If students choose not to schedule their first Specialist Training session we will always activate their licence remotely within 90 days of receipt of DSA2.

 

Traffic Light Response (TLR) Service

Students may receive remote supportfrom a Brain in Hand Traffic Light Responder if they choose to.  This is typically in place for up to the first 120 days (extendable within the first licence year where beneficial to support independence).  This transition tool helps students make the best use of their technology when new to Brain in Hand and new to university.  Traffic Light Response (TLR) is not a crisis service and not a replacement for Specialist Mentor / Study Skills (non-medical help) or other University on-site support.

Brain in Hand will match the student to the most appropriate TLR service for their needs. We will contact the student before 120 day to talk through their options for transition from service. Most students choose to turn this feature off, but some will nominate another supporter or service to receive their Traffic Light notifications.

A proportion of students or their HE Providers may opt to purchase a longer-term Traffic Light Response service for students who find them particularly beneficial or who are not engaging with their NMH or other university support provision.

 

Subscription Renewal

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.  At the end of each full year’s licence (from the date of licence activation), we invoice the funding body for the subscription only if it is being used; we pro-rata the value until August 31stin the student’s final year.

 

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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