The complex nature of the young people at Prior’s Court means information needs to be collected on every aspect of their lives - information that enables us to track the progress they make and informs us about ways in which we can improve this progress and the outcomes they achieve. 

To get the most from this data, we developed a whole organisational digital recording and reporting system we call Prior Insight. Harnessing the power of modern digital technology to store and interrogate large amounts of data, the system provides insights into the complexities of autism, enabling a better understanding and mapping of autistic behaviours. Through a better understanding, we are able to predict behaviour and intervene where needed. 

Impact for Prior's Court and the wider autism community

In addition to its fundamental purpose of improving the quality of life for young people with autism, Prior Insight is also transforming the way Prior’s Court operates. We anticipate the impact for our young people but also the wider autism community will be immense, based on:

  • a better understanding of our young people and how to help them have more good days
  • a speedier understanding of why things happen
  • happier young people, better able to thrive and learn
  • a better understanding of autism as a condition which we can share with the wider autism community.

How Prior Insight helps young people with autism - Otto's story

Otto is 11 years old. He has autism and severe learning disabilities, coupled with other co-existing conditions. He has epilepsy which is extremely difficult to manage, along with neurological problems linked to motor control which also affects some cognitive functions such as attention and language.

He has low muscle tone, communication problems and difficulty in swallowing. Like many of our young people, Otto’s complex needs mean he requires individualised specialist care and support.

By using information recorded in Prior Insight, our staff quickly identified a trend that Otto’s behavioural incidents spiked in the lead-up to him having an absence seizure. Absence seizures are tricky to spot because they only last a couple of seconds and can look like daydreaming or staring into space, which can mean they go unnoticed. Now staff are alerted when his behavioural incidents increase, so they can be extra vigilant for seizure activity. This means they are able to provide even better, informed care for him on a daily basis – so that he can have more good days and lead a happier, healthier life.

See how Prior Insight supports Otto with learning throughout the day

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