Transitioning back to school in the fall after a month or more at home can be stressful for any student, not to mention those with autism. A new app called Brain in Hand may be able to help students with autism work through difficult transitions and other stressful situations that can arise within their school day. A cloud-based solution, Brain in Hand allows users to access detailed, personalized support when and where they need it, from their phone. A secure website enables users and those who support them (e.g., parent, service provider) to monitor usage, trends and success of interventions. The app was created to facilitate increased independence and access to opportunities in daily life, education and the workplace. According to Bethan Jones, who began using Brain in Hand when she was 16 and struggling to cope in high school, the app helped to keep her from “losing it” in school. Bethan is now studying child development in college.
Click here to listen to a very recent and engaging BBC Radio 5 live interview clip of Bethan describing Brain in Hand and how it has helped her.