“I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.”
Mikhail Baryshnikov

How It Works

How BrainWare Safari Develops Cognitive Skills

When we do something over and over again (like practicing a piano piece, hitting a baseball or tying our shoes), our brains get to the point where the process is automatic.  That means that the neural connections in our brains have become strengthened and activate as a network to enable us to do something without thinking about it.  That is what BrainWare Safari does with 41 skills in the areas of attention, memory, visual and auditory processing, thinking and sensory integration. 
 

It takes work, and it can be motivating and very rewarding!

BrainWare Safari is built like a video game, but with a very specific purpose – to exercise 41 cognitive skills essential for learning and performing in everyday life.  There are 20 different exercises in the program (most of our users refer to them as games – and that’s ok with us!) each of which develops multiple skills in a cross-training approach.  When you pass a level in one exercise (game), you move to a more challenging level.  If you get stuck, just move to a different exercise (game) and you’ll develop those same skills in different ways.  Over time, as you push the boundaries of your abilities, your skills become stronger and you can use them (automatically!) in whatever you do in life.
 

Recommended Usage

Getting results like those in our studies requires regular use of BrainWare Safari over a period of weeks.  In general, we recommend that you use the program:

  • 3 to 5 times per week
  • 30-60 minutes
  • For approximately 12 weeks


Most users will not complete all 168 levels in that amount of time.  However, it is the frequency and intensity of use that strengthens our mental processes.  Some users may want to take a break after 10-12 weeks of intense use.  Many may want to continue (“I want to beat this game!”) but at a less intense pace.

Technical Information

BrainWare Safari is a software program that must be loaded onto your computer, using a disk or downloading the software to your computer.  After you install the software on your computer, you no longer need the disk. 

Every user gets a unique username and password.  You may install the software on more than one computer so that you can access your account via your username and password from any computer that has the software on it.  Usernames and passwords cannot be shared because BrainWare Safari keeps track of individual progress in the program.  Every time you log in, you pick up from where you left off, always moving forward!  This will ensure that you are always at the right level for you, not someone else.

You must be connected to the Internet while you are using the program.  Your data is stored on our secure server so that, should something happen to your computer, you can simply reinstall the program and be up and running immediately with your same username and password.

System Requirements:

  • PC:  Windows® 98 or higher. Pentium III or higher. 600 MHz or faster.
  • MAC: OSX required. In order to operate BrainWare Safari on a MAC with OS 10.7 or higher, a work-around is required.  Please click here for information on the work-around.
  • All:  200 MB available hard disk space.  Internet connection.  Computer speakers.
  • Recommended:  External mouse.  Headphones.

 

Success Stories from Our Users

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Homeschooling Parents Say ... Bolstering Their Abillity in Foreign Language Learning

by Darlene B., Mother of 4 Children, Living Abroad

"Since our children have been using BrainWare Safari, I have noticed that their memory and attention abilities were dynamically increased. We live abroad and my children go to school in the host language. I feel that this program is significant in bolstering their ability to understand and problem solve, most particularly in difficult foreign-language learning situations. My children love the program. I can assure you that the activities stimulate their brains and the activities themselves draw them back. I highly recommend this."

Clinicians Say ... BrainWare Safari is Revolutionary

by Gary Vogel, OD, FAAO

"BrainWare Safari is revolutionary. For the first time, the kinds of exercises I have used one-on-one with patients have been incorporated into a fun and entertaining video-game format."

Adult Users Say ... If I’d Had It Earlier, School Would Have Been Much Less Difficult

by Joshua Woodward, MSW, Chicago, IL

"I spent the better part of my years in grammar school in "LD" classes, where I wasn't challenged. I suffered when I made the transition to "Mainstream" classes. My performance was average at best, but I was able to teach myself the necessary skills to be as successful as my peers and did the same at all of the subsequent transitions to junior high, high school, college and graduate school. After having worked through BrainWare Safari, I can attest to its usability as well as playability. Had I been given such a tool in my early stages of learning, i blelieve my time in school would have been less difficult."

Kids Say ... Lots of Stuff is Easier

by Rachel C. (Age 8)

"I can concentrate more and lots of stuff is easier."

Parents Say ... Grades Have Improved

by Mary H. (Philip, Age 10)

"Whereas before Philip would come home and want to do other things because homework was too hard or would take too long. Now he comes home and does it. And the best part is his grades have improved."

Homeschooling Parents Say ... I Find the Exercises Challenging for Myself

by J.Detweiler, Homeschooling Parent

"My daughter, who is 8 years old, really enjoys BrainWare Safari. She has Sensory Processing Disorder; her vision and auditory system are impacted by this. The games do a great job targeting the skills she needs improvement on. We've found some of the games are similar to exercises her vision therapist was having her do. The one exception though is BrainWare Safari does it in a way that's more fun. As a parent, I enjoy watching her play the games and find them challenging for myself."

Educators Say ... More Rapidly Closes the Gap in Skills That Are Difficult to Remediate

by Sheila Govern, Principal, Lyons Elementary, AZ

"Students who used BrainWare Safari in 3rd grade and returned in 4th grade reduced the gap between their performance and expectation by at least half on reading tests. Students who used the program in 4th grade and returned in 5th grade reduced the gap by 75%. We currently focus on using the program with Title I students because it helps them more rapidly close the gap by developing skills they lack and that are difficult to remediate in any other way. We wish funding permitted us to use the program with all of our students."

Parents Say ... She Made the Honor Roll

by Patrick T. (Brianna, Age 8, and Angela, Age 10)

"It's been a phenomenal experience to watch both children go through BrainWare Safari, especially Brianna. Brianna was having some challenges in school, and after she completed BrainWare Safari, she made the honor roll, which has been exciting and a very proud moment for me as a father."

Educators Say ... Helping Our Students Close Academic Gaps

by Anne Budicin, Resource Teacher, Glenwood School

"Because of our students' backgrounds, we are always striving to provide them with opportunities that close academic gaps and help them achieve their true potential. BrainWare Safari is an essential part of achieving this. It helped our students improve their shor-term, long-term and working memory. Teachers have seen improvement in attentiveness during lessons and noted better recall of information. Ultimately, BrainWare Safari helps to prepare our students for high school and beyond by bridging those gaps in achievement and cognitive processing."

Parents Say ... Other Programs Don’t Have the Depth of Research

by Sue D. (Michael, Age 12)

BrainWare is more intensive and strategic in terms of building connections in the brain. It's wonderful! Other games don't have the depth of research behind them."

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  • CODiE Award
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    Quality and innovation that embody the 21st Century classroom with technology as a hallmark.
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