Asperger students appreciate safety and support. Sal McKeown finds an edtech solution
Michael has Asperger's Syndrome and like many children he was picked on and bullied, so his parents transferred him to a large comprehensive with a good reputation for student support. One support the school put in place was an assistive technology system called Brain in Hand to help Michael work on the things that he found difficult and discover his own solutions.
Using a smartphone app and secure website, Brain in Hand offers useful tools like timetabling and a diary function, but the main strength is that users work with a special-needs coordinator (Senco), a teaching assistant or a support worker to identify stress points and work out possible solutions.