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.
–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.
How to buy Brain inHand:
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