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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.

 

Download the Brain in Hand App

To download the Brain in Hand App please visit the Apple App Store on your iOS device, or the Google Play Store on your Android device.

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Complete the form opposite to request a demonstration account and see some of the strategies a student may put into their Brain in Hand.





 

 

Ask us a question…

Alternatively, call 01392 247909 to speak to a member of our team.

Student User Stories

 

Below are a selection of short videos to give you an idea about how other students are using their Brain in Hand.

Also visit our case studies page to view more Brain in Hand user stories.

 

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

 

Watch student Rosie King talk about her experiences with using Brain in Hand in her first few weeks at university:

 

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.

 

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:

 

Watch a short video animation showing an overview of the Brain in Hand system:

 

Meet our other service users (non-student)…

Watch BBC South meet people using Brain in Hand as part of their social care provision:

 

Watch a short video from our users about how they have benefitted from Brain in Hand:

 

 

DSA-Funded Support Package

 

About 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.

Students with Brain in Hand University Edition will receive:

  • Licence and secure website storage (DSA will fund Brain in Hand for their time at university, for as long as they are using it and finding it beneficial)
  • Smartphone / tablet device app and synchronisation
  • Assistance with set-up and Specialist AT Training
  • Notifications to enable students to highlight a difficulty or let someone know that they 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.

 

About Brain in Hand Specialist AT Training

Students may also have been recommended Specialist Training to help them to set up Brain in Hand and support them to develop their first strategies.

We encourage students to invite their Specialist Mentor or another supporter (such as a family member) to their Specialist Training sessions, to support them to discuss their specific needs.

Download our step-by-step guide to Brain in Hand Specialist Training to find out more.

 

About the Facilitation Service

Read the Brain in Hand NAS Facilitator Guidelines from the National Autistic Society to find out about this traffic light response service and about the team.

To find out more about student options for specifying other responders (linking the traffic light notifications on their app to someone else) please click here.

 

 

Using Brain in Hand with Your Students

 

You can use Brain in Hand collaboratively with students as part of you regular Non-Medical Help sessions, to help you to:

  • Gain early warning of difficulties to reduce the risk of crises events
  • Better focus support sessions and adapt strategies according to detailed feedback
  • Develop person-centred tangible strategies ensuring ideas are used and remembered
  • Have greater understanding of patterns of difficulty to effectively target interventions
  • Build confidence and encourage independence by pinpointing and celebrating success.

Each student’s Needs Assessor may also have included specific recommendations for working with Brain in Hand within their Needs Assessment Report.

 

Download our NMH Supporter Guide to see how Brain in Hand can enhance your student support sessions.

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

 

Traffic Light Notifications

Traffic Lights allow students to record how they’re feeling. By capturing pattern of high or low anxiety, students and their supporters can gain insight into their specific needs.

Students can also highlight a difficulty or notify someone that they need additional support by pressing one Red Traffic Light or three Amber Traffic Lights in a row.

For DSA students these notifications can go to The National Autistic Society, or can be linked to their existing support provision or to someone else.

View our Traffic Light Responders guide to find out more about your student’s options for linking their traffic light notifications to someone else.

 

Resources to Support You

 

There are a number of ways in which you can get a better understanding of Brain in Hand.

 

Awareness Training

If you or any colleagues are interested in finding out more about Brain in Hand we’d be happy to arrange a call or to deliver some on-site or online free training for your team.

Brain in Hand also runs regular webinars for education professionals.

Please register here to book a session.

 

Hear from our Students

Secondly, view and share the videos within our ‘Student User Stories’ section above to hear from students using Brain in Hand.  You may also like to visit our Case Studies page.

 

Download our Supporter Resources

Download our NMH Supporter Guide to use during your sessions.

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

Download our step-by-step guide to Brain in Hand Specialist Training to find out more.

Read about Traffic Light Responders to find out more about your student’s options for linking their traffic light notifications to someone else.

 

Download the Brain in Hand App

To download the Brain in Hand App please visit the Apple App Store on your iOS device, or the Google Play Store on your Android device.

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You can log in to our HE demonstration account to see some of the strategies a student may put into their Brain in Hand:

  • Username: student@bih-demo
  • Password:  demo

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

 

View our Student User Resources 

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

These include workbooks, tutorials, guides, and our policies and procedures.

 

  • 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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