Brain in hand - personal technology for independant living

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Brain in Hand is an assistive technology designed to help individuals with autism to achieve more.

It is based on well-established therapeutic principles such as CBT, solution focussed therapy, and recovery based rehabilitation allowing the learning from these approaches to be turned into a set of patient centred strategies.

A cloud-based solution, Brain in Hand enables you to access detailed personalised support when and where you need it from your phone. You and your supporters can monitor usage, trends and success of interventions from a secure website.

Together this gives the confidence to do more things independently, opening up new horizons in daily life, education and work.

Key features
  • A diary and ‘recipes’ for difficult to remember tasks
    To ensure vital elements of your day aren’t missed, including planned leisure activity programmes, you can enter appointments and routines for each day into the diary section of the system.
  • Instant access to pre-planned coping strategies
    Everyone faces different challenges in life and find which coping strategies work best for them. But when under pressure this can be forgotten. Brain in Hand keeps your best thinking available on demand in your pocket.Before using Brain in Hand, you complete a workbook to help identify strengths and weaknesses and map out challenges from small daily challenges to bigger goals and note which solutions help. This valuable information is entered into your personal account on a secure Brain in Hand website, making this thinking instantly available on your Brain in Hand app on your phone.
  • A monitor to track anxiety levels
    Brain in Hand includes a traffic light system. You are prompted (at pre-agreed intervals) to indicate how you are feeling by tapping a traffic light icon on your phone – green if everything is fine, amber if you are feeling uneasy, or red if you want support. This data can be accessed through the secure website and provides valuable information for you, and if you choose, also your support provider to reflect on. This will identify what activities and solutions are helping you the most and reveal possible new issues causing anxieties.
  • ‘Pressing red’ to request support
    If pre-planned strategies aren’t working and you need more support, help can be requested using Brain in Hand. Pressing red on the traffic light feature sends a text alert to your person of choice, letting them know you need to talk something through right now. They’ll get in touch in the way you have agreed – phone, text or email.
  • A secure website where they can review their use and identify new issues,
    Brain in Hand keeps track of all the problems and solutions that you press on the smartphone, and sends them back to your personal website. So, when you’re back at your laptop, tablet or PC, you can go to the website and look back at how well you’ve dealt with that day.Over time you will build a detailed picture of how your life is unfolding. It is a secure record of all your best thinking. We call it your Timeline.All the information is already there – the problems you faced, the solutions you chose and the anxiety you felt.As you get used to Brain in Hand, you can review and improve your schedules and solutions, drawing on your experiences and learnings, to help you better manage the challenges of daily life.

To find out more about Brain in Hand, you may find it useful to see our training videos that explain the solution in a little more detail.

HOW TO BUY BRAIN IN HAND

We work with partner organisations including county councils, autism charities, schools and universities across the UK to supply and support Brain in Hand, including providing mentor support for the ‘pressing red’ traffic light feature.

To find out which organisation in your area is able to support you with Brain in Hand, please get in touch.

  • 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

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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.

    Parent of a Brain in Hand user

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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.”

    Brain in Hand user

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De Montfort University Shortlisted for Times Higher Education Awards

De Montfort University has been shortlisted for Outstanding Student Services Team in the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards. The judges selected the university in recognition of its decision to implement Brain in Hand and the positive impact this has had.  The university chose to introduce Brain in Hand for autistic students, helping to read more

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To celebrate the conclusion of World Autism Awareness Week we are running our fourth Minecraft marathon on Monday 3rd April, from 10:00am until 10:00pm – and we’d like your help. Our goal is to play Minecraft for 12 hours and create a world featuring Brain in Hand offices, but bigger, brighter, with stained glass windows read more

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Our Users

  • 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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