Brain in hand - personal technology for independant living

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Brain in Hand is a unique support system. Originally developed by the Clinical Director of the Southampton Autism Diagnostic Research Centre, Brain in Hand is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, the award-winning system has been independently proven to help reduce anxiety and improve independence. It includes three main parts – Personal planning, digital self-management tools, responder support team.

Brain in Hand is about keeping the day on track. It is a professional digital support system which combines personal planning, software, mobile application and a human responder service. It enables people to develop personalised coping strategies and access these pre-planned solutions wherever and whenever via a smartphone, tablet or PC. It helps with planning, and organising an individuals time as well as being able to monitor and view their progress. Individuals can monitor their moods and request help from non-medical responders via their chosen method of communication when they need a little extra help.

Personal plan Over one or two sessions, one of Brain in Hand Specialists will work with individuals to set-up the Brain in Hand software system in the way that’s best suited to the individuals needs in their own language. They will work to identify practical solutions that will help individuals to overcome the challenges they face in day to day life and achieve thier goals.

Self-management Digital tools accessed via mobile, users can quickly find their best coping strategies for issues that cause them problems, access their diary, receive prompts for things they need to remember, and use our in-built anxiety monitor.

Responder support team What sets Brain in Hand apart is the team of professionals who support users. They keep an eye on users anxiety monitor and get in touch when an individual needs extra help by text or a call; helping them to solve problems that initially they can’t fix themselves.

ORCHA advises governments, NHS Digital and CCGs on health apps. It is home to the world’s largest library of health mobile application reviews. ORCHA gave Brain in Hand the highest rating amongst mental health applications. Take a look at its interview with us, explaining Brain in Hand.



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  • 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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Latest News

Try. Learn. Improve.

Jane Stevens is Wigan Council’s Head of Assistive Technology, a role that has come a long way since she first moved into the field in 2005. With a background in mental health practice, she connected immediately with the vision of a future in which technology would give people greater control over their own lives and read more

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Brain in Hand on BBC Click

BBC Click is the BBC’s flagship technology programme, appearing on five channels across TV and radio as well as online. It aims to provide a user-friendly guide to the latest technology news in the context of today’s important issues. In a recent episode, BBC Click examined a technological approach to helping autistic people manage their read more

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Our case studies

Employable Me's Erica won't go to work without her Brain in Hand

Erica, 46 from the Wirral was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome when she was 32. She has been unemployed for the past six years. Erica finds social interaction at work hard, she feels people don't always understand her and sometimes see her as being less intelligent, because of her facial expressions. Read more >>

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