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Ready to quote for Brain in Hand?

The recommendation process for Brain in Hand has changed;
Brain in Hand University Edition is now quoted as a single DSA Support Package.

This is great news because it means that we can now deliver Brain in Hand in a more student-focused way, adapting the package to suit individual needs.  In addition, Needs Assessors have one point of recommendation and the audit trail is much clearer in terms of monitoring uptake and quality.

The full rationale for the change can be found here.

 

View our step by step guide or

request a quote for your student now.

 

 

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.

 

If you have any questions about recommending Brain in Hand Software Subscriptions or Specialist Support email us on dsa@braininhand.co.uk or call 01392 247909 to speak to a member of our team.

 





Finding out more

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 or college.

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 education.

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.

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 webinars for 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 included in the DSA-funded package?

Students with Brain in Hand University Edition will receive…

 

A Tailored Approach

Brain in Hand Specialists use a personalised, blended approach, which includes:

  • Modular workbook materials
  • At least 4 hours of face-to-face personal planning sessions
  • In-person, remote and tutorial-based assistance with setting up the software
  • Collaborative working with supporters.

 

Accessible and Inclusive Assistive Technology

Brain in Hand Software promotes independence
by providing people with:

  • An intuitive web application
  • A safe place with secure storage
  • Access on the go via a mobile application
  • Reminders for important tasks and events
  • Traffic Light tool, encouraging individuals to reflect on how they’re feeling
  • Prompts to regularly think about progress
  • Personalisation enables users to create a system that is right for them
  • Templating local information to signpost to university initiatives and resources.

 

 

Visibility and Understanding

Brain in Hand Insights encourage individual reflection and enhance communication between individuals, supporters, and organisations:

  • An individual Timeline of app activity
  • Comments on timeline activity
  • Updates about Tasks Completed and Tasks Incomplete
  • Notifications provide an automated and accessible way for users to let supporters know about a difficulty.

 

Early Intervention

Brain in Hand Targeted Support improves the engagement of individuals by offering an inclusive, discreet, technology-enabled alternative to face-to-face contact:

  • On-Demand Remote Support* enables a timely and effective intervention to be directed in response to notifications
  • Proactive Contact can be scheduled according to individual engagement, to encourage people to make the most of their support.

*DSA-funded students receive a 120-day connection to a paid-for Brain in Hand Response Service to support transition and help them make the best use of their technology when new to university.

Brain in Hand will match the student to the most appropriate Brain in Hand Response Service for their needs.  On-Demand Remote Support is not a crisis service and not a replacement for Specialist Mentor / Study Skills (non-medical help) or other University on-site support.

We will contact the student before 120 days to talk through their options for transition from the service – it is extendable within the first licence year only, where beneficial to support independence.  Most students choose to turn this feature off, but some will nominate another supporter or service to receive their Traffic Light notifications.

A small proportion of students or their HE Providers may opt to purchase a longer-term Response Service for students who find it particularly beneficial or who are not engaging with their NMH or other university support provision.  DSA does not fund this service.

 

Continuation and Transition

Brain in Hand Passporting enables those individuals who benefit from using Brain in Hand to continue to be funded to do so as they transition from school or college, throughout their university career, and into employment.

For some, Brain in Hand may be a short-term intervention to help them consolidate new learning; but for others it’s a long-term adaptation that enables them to succeed.

Our Subscription model ensures that students can access Brain in Hand for as long as they are using it and finding it beneficial; funding is only utilised where a need is confirmed.

Brain in Hand will renew the subscription with the funding body at the end of each full year’s licence (from the date of licence activation) only if it is being used.

Please note: For SAAS & SFNI funded students we will request approval and re-recommendation from the students’ needs assessor, to continue to draw down the subscription funding.

We will report to the funding body on a per student basis, on measures of engagement with the Specialist Support, software usage and service quality.

 

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.

 

Brain in Hand Specialists

As well as being experts in embedding Brain in Hand practice into a variety of support settings, all our Specialists have professional or personal experience of supporting those with mental health difficulties, autism, SpLDs or brain injury and an understanding of the impact hidden impairments may have on learning, confidence and independence.

They are practitioners with an understanding of person-centred working and solution-focused techniques, with patience and the ability to communicate and quickly build rapport with people with anxiety or who might find communication difficult.

All Brain in Hand Specialists will:

  • have attended a 2-day induction and successfully completed knowledge and performance checks
  • passed at least two observations of practice in the field

attend quarterly skills updates and undertake an annual knowledge and CPD review.

 

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/SAAS), (SFNI) 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: agoraphobia, 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

 

The Brain in Hand University Edition (DSA Support Package) is now quoted for as a single-line recommendation and sourced via the Specialist Equipment Allowance.

Please note: SFNI still operate a split-product model.
Please request a quote below.

 

 

Ready to Recommend?

View our step by step guide (SFE, SFW, SAAS), (SFNI) for recommending Brain in Hand then request a quote for your student.

 

DSA Funded Students

If you would prefer to, you can download a generic DSA quote below:

Where you require a quote for additional hours of Specialist Support or a missing subscription renewal for an existing student, please contact us.

 

Privately Funded Students

If you would like to privately fund Brain in Hand then please request a quote for your student or download a generic quote below:

Where you require a quote for additional hours of Specialist Support, missing subscription renewals or to purchase a Brain in Hand Response Service for an existing student, please request a quote here.

 

 

Next Steps…

When you receive confirmation that a student has funding 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 any supporters they would like to help them arrange their support and also any communication needs or preferences.  This also enables us to best match the student with a local Brain in Had Specialist.

At registration we also ask for a copy of the student’s 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.

 

Brain in Hand Specialist Support

The student’s Brain in Hand Specialist will deliver face-to-face and remote support using a student-centred, solution-focussed approach (please see full guidance below).

The student will need to arrange somewhere quiet for up to 2 hours each time for their personal-planning sessions, either at home or at university, where they can use a laptop or pc connected to the internet.  We encourage students to invite their Specialist Mentor, Study Skills Tutor or another supporter (such as a family member) to at least one session.

 

Subscription Activation

We will activate the students’ Brain in Hand subscription remotely by sending a secure link via email; although most choose to wait until during their first session with their Brain in Hand Specialist to set up their accounts.

If students do not schedule their first session, we will always activate their licence remotely within 90 days of receipt of referral, to give them access to the support independently.

 

On-Demand Remote Support for Transition

Students may receive remote supportfrom a paid-for Brain in Hand Response Service if they choose to.  This is typically in place for up to the first 120 days(extendable within the first licence year only, where beneficial to support independence).  Thistransition tool helps students make the best use of their technology when new to Brain in Hand and new to university.  DSA does not fund this element of the service.

Brain in Hand will match the student to the most appropriate response service for their needs.  On-demand remote support is not a crisis service and not a replacement for Specialist Mentor / Study Skills (non-medical help) or other University on-site support.  We will contact the student before 120 days to talk through their options for transition from the service. Most students choose to turn this feature off, but some will nominate another supporter or service to receive their notifications.

A small proportion of students or their HE Providers may opt to purchase a longer-term Brain in Hand 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.

 

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 funding for Brain in Hand 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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