“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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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."

Educators Say ... It Meets Students’ Brain Development Needs

by Stephanie Brown, Reading & Math Coach, IN

"With BrainWare Safari, my students had the opportunity to develop their cognitive skills while playing intellectual games that the program provided. The students were highly motivated, with little exception, throughout. I would not hesitate to recommend use of BrainWare Safari in schools. It meets students' brain development needs while working through a technology medium that students crave. It truly was a wonderful experience."

Kids Say ... I Think I’m Smarter

by Tim S. (Age 8)

"You learn and you have fun at the same time. I think I'm smarter because I do BrainWare."

Kids Say ... I Beat It!

by Adam K. (Age 12)

"It was really fun. Some levels were really easy, but others got harder and harder. I didn't think that I could beat the last level of one of the exercises, but I worked on it and beat it!"

Parents Say ... This Program Has Been a Gift

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"Fourth grade was miserable for my daughter. Even though she did her homework every night and had a reading tutor, she wasn't able to retain facts, read at a second-grade level, and rarely passed tests in class. Her teacher requested holding her back. She started using BrainWare Safari two weeks before fifth grade. After just 3 weeks of practicing 4-5 times per week for 30 minutes each session, she was not only telling me her multiplication facts, but figuring out our her division facts. Her reading comprehension has increased and her ability to write paragraphs. This program has been a gift."

Educators Say ... A Major Breakthrough in Education

by Dr. Lou Barber, Former State Asst. Supt., CA

"When I became aware of the effectiveness of BrainWare Safari, I recognized the potential contribution this program could make to the educational field. It basically provides a process by which the brain learns how to learn. BrainWare Safari is a well-designed series of brain exercises in a game format that works for all learners--school-age students aged 6 and older, as well as adults. It is truly a major breakthrough in education and has unlimited potential for individuals with disability as well as those with high-level academic ability."

Clinicians Say ... Like Calisthenics for the Brain

by Jean-Claude Dutes, PhD, Michigan State University

"BrainWare Safari is like calisthenics for the brain. The exercises 'tone' mental faculties just like physical exercise tones muscles. The brain like a muscle responds to graduated exercises designed to stretch but not overwhelm it. While muscles gain in strength, agility, and endurance as they are conditioned, methodical use of brain-toning activities leads to stronger concentration, faster thinking speed, keener reasoning, and greater mental stamina. BrainWare Safari is toning for the intelligent brain."

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."

Grandparents Say ... We’re Seeing Benefits We Never Thought We Would Get

by Paul A. (Gregory, Age 11)

"When I heard about BrainWare Safari, I immediately thought of my grandson, Gregory, who has Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). BrainWare is helping Greg learn strategy. If he can't do an exercise because he has a problem with his ADD, he develops a strategy so that he can find a way to do it. He learns how to use his brain in dfferent ways to help him with his speed. We're seeing benefits we never thoguht we would get which are helping us combat his deficiency."

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."

Credibility Counts

  • CODiE Award
    CODiE Award
    Best Education Game or Simulation, Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA).
  • American Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Award Winner
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    Quality and innovation that embody the 21st Century classroom with technology as a hallmark.
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  • EdNET Rookie of the Year
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  • Parents’ Choice Award
    Parents’ Choice Award
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  • District Administration Top 100
    District Administration Top 100
    One of the top 100 products of 2011 as chosen by readers of District Administration Magazine.
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