Brain in hand - personal technology for independant living

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Helping students flourish

School, college and university days are a time of growth. But young people with autism, mental health conditions or learning disabilities face additional challenges. Brain in Hand helps young people to reduce anxieties and grow vital independence skills.

A unique support system Brain in Hand gives students access to detailed personalised support, when and where they need it, from their phone or iPad. If additional help is needed the student can request urgent assistance from support staff discretely through the Brain in Hand app. This enables quick intervention and gives the student reassurance that support staff are there.

Many universities, schools and colleges now provide Brain in Hand to students, strengthening their support service, helping them reach more students. Approved by Student Finance England, hundreds of students attending university are also applying for Brain in Hand using their Disabled Students Allowance.

How does it work?

Brain in Hand is designed to arm students with access to personalised support from an app on their phone. It’s packed with features including:

Never Forget – A diary and notes for difficult to remember tasks. Enter classes, clubs and routines into your Brain in Hand diary so you can plan ahead and make sure no events or activities are missed.

Reduce Anxiety – Access to pre-planned coping strategies instantly. Everyone faces different challenges in life and know which coping strategies work best for them. But when under pressure this can be forgotten. Brain in Hand gives easy and instant access to a person’s best thinking when it’s needed most.

Feel supported – Track your anxiety levels and request extra support if you need it. Brain in Hand helps people to monitor their anxiety. Throughout the day they will be prompted to indicate their anxiety levels using a traffic light icon on their phone: Green if everything is fine, amber if feeling uneasy or red if extra support is needed. This helps keeps support staff aware of feelings and informs periods of reflection.

Alongside the regular monitoring, if coping strategies aren’t working and extra help is needed, at any time the red traffic light can be pressed which will send an alert to support staff, letting them know extra help is needed. This enables staff to provide help as quickly as possible to de-escalate a situation.

From a central website, staff have visibility of everyone’s usage information, latest anxiety levels and can be alerted if anyone is distressed. This monitoring and insight means they are better informed when talking with each pupil during periods of reflection or planning. They also have time-stamped detailed information to help staff planning and commissioning meetings.

How does it help?

Arming students with a diary, access to their own coping strategies and giving them the option of requesting additional support when they need it, helps reduce anxieties and helps make real progress towards independence.

The ability to access to detailed usage information about how the app has been used also helps support staff to shed light on new issues, reveals which solutions are working best.

Amongst those using the system results have been dramatic. 94% of those using Brain in Hand report that it’s having a positive impact on their life, 88% cope better with problems and feel more confident and 100% say Brain in Hand provides them with help when they need it.

This confidence helps people to do more things including attending school, travelling independently and attending work experience. It helps pupils develop the skills and experience vital for success.

How to buy & funding

Schools and Colleges can buy a group of licences or an individual license. Each licence lasts for one year and can be transferred from one individual to another. We put together a set-up, installation and training package that will work best for your organisation.

Parents of pupils can also buy an individual license for their child. Please get in touch to discuss.

Also students eligible for DSA allowance can access Brain in Hand through this scheme. Find out more here.

  • Our student really enjoyed having Brain in Hand. The independence it brought to him was without question the biggest advantage of it.

    Hannah Parks, Lead SENCO, QE Academy Trust
  • Brain in Hand is helping us narrow the achievement gap for more vulnerable learners. Our team was described as outstanding in our Ofsted and Brain in Hand helped us achieve this. We wouldn’t be without it now!

    Vicky Chainey, Head of Student Support, Sussex Coast College
  • 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 pupil using Brain in Hand
  • It's been reassuring for me too.  It means a lot to know that my son has a way of remembering his coping strategies and what to do when he's having a bit more of a tough time at school.

    Parent of pupil using Brain in Hand