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Quarterly Newsletter January 2020

Embracing autism

Transforming lives

Big data is being used

by Prior's Court to better

understand our young

people's autism and

transform how we support

those in our care.

Prior Insight - our ground-breaking,

bespoke digital platform which gathers

rich data about autism as a condition -

has officially been launched.

Through Prior Insight, Prior's Court staff

members log information about the

young person they are working with

every day.

This data - called 'diary entries' - cover

records such as food and drink intake;

toileting; and activities undertaken

such as a walk, a puzzle or watching


On average, more than 10,000 diary

entries are made every week.

We revealed a short explainer video

(still pictured right) about the idea

behind Prior Insight on the same

day we were visited by a news team

from BBC South (pictured above) to

explore how we are using technology

to enhance how we are educating

and caring for our young people. This

included looking at Prior Insight and

our recently-purchased VR headsets

(see page 5). Our passion for technology

calls back to the ethos of our founding

patron Dame Stephanie Shirley, a

pioneer in the field of IT.

Elaine Hudgell, Prior Insight

Operational Project Lead, said: "This

data gives us unprecedented insights

to map and analyse autism-related

behaviours and triggers. With this, we

gain a deeper understanding of each

of our young people and so produce

informed, tailored support for them

to have more good days. Essentially, it

helps to communicate to us digitally

what our young people are not able to

tell us verbally - it's bridging that gap

and helping to give them a voice.

"For one young person, Prior Insight

helped us to recognise certain

behavioural patterns he displayed in

the build-up to a seizure. This meant

we were alerted in advance that a

seizure might be imminent and could

provide appropriate support.

"These insights, and the future research

opportunities the rich data can inform,

can then be shared with the wider

autism sector and potentially influence

approaches and policy outside of Prior's


"It is no exaggeration to say Prior

Insight has been a gamechanger

for us and has the potential to be a

gamechanger for the wider autism


A fundraising project for Prior

Insight is ongoing. To discuss

how you could help, contact

the fundraising team on 01635

247202 or email fundraising@

Using big data to transform lives


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