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Traumatic Head Injury: Guide to Care Options – Part 8

Assistive Technology for Traumatic Brain Injury

Our serious injury care options series details treatment and options available for individuals and their families who have experienced a traumatic head injury.

For further information please see our Serious Injury homepage.

Assistive technology for traumatic brain injury is geared to helping individuals gain more independence and control over their life. As the consequences of a head injury can differ so widely, assistive technologies are designed to be adaptable for an individual’s own needs and requirements, and can include everything from a simple memory-jogger to equipment that allows a person to operate machinery without assistance.

brain-in-hand-logoBrain in Hand

Brain in Hand was set up to assist anyone with any condition that affects their brain’s functionality, including those with traumatic brain injury. Brain in Hand is a mobile phone app aimed at giving those living with ABI or any other brain-related condition more independence.

The app can be set up to match an individual’s needs and can make up an important part of traumatic brain injury treatment. For example, it can provide alerts to help those whose memory has been impaired. It can also be set up to track anxiety levels and direct support. The cloud-based system is in continual development but has already helped a great number of people towards greater independence.

Traumatic brain injury assistive technology also includes a range of other apps, including:

  • Yes/No
    Developed with a Speech Language Pathologist, Yes/No allows those unable to communicate verbally to answer yes/no questions via their mobile phone.
  • Breathe2Relax
    Dedicated to anxiety management, Breathe2Relax is a portable way of controlling stress, with an emphasis on breathing exercises.
  • MakeChange
    An app dedicated to relearning the everyday life skill of counting money, one of many cognitive procedures which can be lost following an ABI.

assistive technology for traumatic brain injury icon 1Sip-and-Puff Assistive Technology for Traumatic Brain Injury

For anyone with communication and/or physical disabilities following a traumatic brain injury, sip-and-puff assistive technology allows an individual to communicate with a device using their own breath. A device can be programmed to recognise an individual’s particular ‘sip and puff’. This assistive technology can be used in some motorised wheelchairs, to enable the user to operate the device completely independently. It is also seen in computers, such as regarding mouse movement.


The charity AbilityNet is dedicated to helping people who need support to use digital technology, whether at home, in an educational setting and at work. AbilityNet has put together an excellent guide called ‘My Computer, My Way’. The guide details all the ways an individual can make their computer easier to use in accordance with their needs, from altering the screen resolution, to making websites easier to read.

Serious Injury in the North-East

TLW have a local heritage, providing specialist legal services to people for over 15 years in the region. With extensive specialist training and an external accreditation from Headway (The Brain Injury Association), our serious injury solicitors work alongside experienced care and rehabilitation specialists to ensure our clients receive the very best professional advice and are able to access the brain injury support they require.

TLW Solicitors are here to help. Fill in our enquiry form, email us at or call us today.