“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
  • 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 ... 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."

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."

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."

Parents Say ... Now He’s More Focused

by Harlan K. (Adam, Age 12)

"Before BrainWare Safari, Adam used to drift away a lot and get distracted when he was doing challenging problems, especially in math. Now he's more focused. We're really pleased with that. It's a wonderful program."

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 ... A Miracle

by Chana F., Israel

"BrainWare Safari is a miracle. I would have paid anything for it, now that I have seen what it can do to help my son grow his brain right before my eyes. I am confident that it will transform his academic failure into brilliant success."

Homeschooling Parents Say ... This Is What I Have Been Looking For

by Michelle H., Homeschooling Mother

"This is dynamite! This is what I have been looking to find for quite some time now. My son is dyslexic and he is doing well with BrainWare Safari. It is an excellent tool to have in your homeschool environment."

Educators Say ... An Information Age Tool that Supports Information Age Thinking

by Ronald L. Kraft, Superintendent, MI

"To educate students in the Information Age instead of the Industrial Age, we need Information Age tools and materials that support Information Age thinking. BrainWare Safari is on the cutting edge of preparing students to be Information Age thinkers using exercises that develop their ability to recognize patterns, solve problems, and think more effectively."

Adult Users Say ... I’m Using the Focusing Techniques I Learned

by Leah Petrusiak, Journalist

"When I was a freshman in high school, my teacher told my dad, 'Leah doesn't know how to think.' As time went on, I realized I had trouble piecing together how certain events culminated in larger happenings. I often forgot events in my own history. While I've dealt with my disconnects in a number of ways, I decided to check out BrainWare Safari. Not only can a clinician use it to spot your trouble spots, you'll quickly find them out on your own--and your strengths as well. One unexpected benefit I realized was an improvement in my art-making ability. If found that I was more in tune with how textures, colors and sequences play off each other, having worked on the exercises that force you to from one complete picture in your head from three boards of Tic Tac Toe. I am also using the focusing techniques I learned when I throw my hat on top of my credit card and am able to form a mental picture of where it is."

Adult Users Say ... I Am Very Aware of How Specific Exercises Help Me in My Job

by Sam Kline, Construction Field Engineer

When I interviewed for my current job as a Construction Field Engineer, I was asked to take an aptitude test. I was told that very few people got halfway through the test. I completed 49 out of 50 questions and received one of the highest scores ever. Having used BrainWare Safari, I was able to process and respond quickly. I am very aware of how specific exercises help me in my job role. The directionality and visualization exercises have made it is easy for me to direct a co-worker right or left to set up instrumentation in the field even if I am not facing the same direction. And the scanning exercises help with noticing small details in drawings. To me, BrainWare breaks down the basic building blocks of thinking and learning."

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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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  • 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.
  • Academics’ Choice Mindspring Award
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    Recognized as one of the best thinking-based products on the market.