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There's an APP for that! How new technology is changing lives of people with Autism

Cloud-based app Brain in Hand can help children with autism plan their day-to-day activities.  A conference in Manchester is highlighting the groundbreaking technologies available, from biometric wristbands to robots that help with interaction

Bethan Jones is a teenager with autism and has been going through her ultimate nightmare: transition from school to college with a complete change of routine, bus route and circle of friends. But she is managing to cope with these steps to independence thanks to a high-tech phone app that links her directly to her own support worker when her stress levels become too much.

The 16-year-old from Wirral has been using the cloud-based app Brain in Handfor the past six months to plan her daily activities studying childcare at college in Birkenhead. This includes coping strategies and logging her stress levels according to a traffic-light system. Pressing the red button puts Bethan straight through to her support worker at Wirral Autistic Society so she can get immediate advice and reassurance.

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