World Autism Awareness Week: Brain in Hand to support autistic people

As part of World Autism Awareness Week, we wanted to look at how assistive technology can help both adults and children with autism. The recent Au tech 2015 conference show cased a range of different technologies that are available. One of these new technologies was Brain in Hand.

What is Brain in Hand?

Brain in Hand is a revolutionary cloud-based solution which supports autistic children and adults, helping them to be more confident and independent in everyday situations. It is based on well-established therapeutic principles such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), solution focused therapy and recovery based rehabilitation allowing the learning from these approaches to be turned into a set of patient centred strategies.

Brain in Hand provides people with personalised support from an app on their smartphone. Key features include instant access to pre-planned coping strategies, a diary to help structure time and ‘recipes’ to remember difficult tasks, a monitor to track anxiety levels and a system to request support from The National Autistic Society if things don’t go to plan.

It supports those with autism by reducing stress when a routine activity changes. For example, if an employee’s train is delayed on their way to work. Due to the flexibility of adding your own activities, Brain in Hand can be used by autistic people of all ages, whether they are at work or in education.

94% said Brain in Hand is having a positive effect on their life


Diary and ‘recipes’ to remember difficult tasks: The app includes a diary to ensure vital elements of your day aren’t missed. You can enter appointments and routines for each day.

Instant access to pre-planned coping strategies: Those with autism like to stick to a routine. Problems can occur when unplanned things happen which change their routine. For example, if a lecture is cancelled for a university student they may not know what to do. Before using Brain in Hand, you will complete a work book to help identify your strengths and weaknesses and map out challenges you face,noting which solutions help. This information is instantly available on the app.

Monitor to track anxiety levels with support from The National Autistic Society: Brain in Hand incorporates a traffic light monitoring system to indicate how you are feeling (green if everything is fine, amber if you are feeling uneasy, or red if you want support). By pressing red, you will receive telephone/text/email support from The National Autistic Society who will help you in the difficult situation.

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World Autism Awareness Week: What is Autism?

Autism Awareness Week

As part of World Autism Awareness Week, we here at wanted to delve into some of the questions surrounding autism.

World Autism Awareness Week

What is autism?

Autism is a developmental condition which affects the way an individual interacts, communicates and behaves. Approximately 1 in every 100 people in the UK has Autism, with more boys being diagnosed with the condition than girls. The exact cause of the condition is unknown, however it is though that complex genetic and environmental factors are involved.

Those with autism may have difficulties understanding non-verbal communication such as facial expressions or gestures, understanding emotions in others and starting conversations. They are often very literal and can sometimes have problems understanding jokes or sarcasm. People with autism like sticking to the same routine and changes in their routine can trigger outbursts. Children with autism may also lack interest in other children and will tend to play alone. Autistic people may experience some form of sensory sensitivity which is where a person’s senses are either intensified or under-sensitive. For example, they may find certain sounds very loud or distracting. More signs of the condition can be found on The National Autistic Society website.

Autistic people often have different levels of learning disabilities and can affect all aspects of life. Some will be able to live a fairly independent life, whilst others may require lifelong support. Associated conditions with autism include dyslexia, dyspraxia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

What is Asperger syndrome?

Asperger syndrome is a form of autism and affects social communication, social interaction and social imagination. People with Asperger syndrome usually experience fewer problems with speaking and are of average or above average intelligence. They may also have specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia or other conditions including ADHD. You can find out more about Asperger syndrome on The National Autistic Society website.

How is autism diagnosed?

Autism is diagnosed by health professionals such as a paediatrician or psychiatrist. A GP can refer you to a specialist to make a diagnosis.

Usually, people with autism are diagnosed as children. This is helpful as it allows them to access services and support.