“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
John Wooden

BrainWare SAFARI and Students with Learning Disabilities

BrainWare SAFARI can help students with learning disabilities by strengthening the cognitive skills that will enable them to learn more effectively and more efficiently.  In peer-reviewed, published research, students with specific learning disabilities who used BrainWare SAFARI for 12 weeks, improved key cogntiive functions, including verbal working memory, attention, and short-term memory to the level of normally developing students. With stronger cognitive skills, these students were able to make substantial gains in reading and math -- 0.8 grade equivalents in reading and 1.0 grade equivalents in math, in just 12 weeks.

BrainWare SAFARI addresses weaker stkills and builds them in a comprehensive and integrated way, like cross-training for the brain.  It is delivered in an engaging video-game format, which helps the skills develop more quickly and helps motivate persistence in areas where the deficits are greatest.

The program can be used as an intervention within the school setting (for example, as part of an Individualized Education Plan (IEP)), or at home.  Many clinicians and learning specialists use BrainWare Safari, along with other interventions, to help students with a variety of learning disabilities.

Cognitive Skills and Learning Disabilities

As the National Center for Learning Disabilities (LD) describes it, LD is a neurological disorder that affects the brain’s ability to receive, process, store and respond to information.  But all learning disabilities do not look the same and, indeed, a student may have a deficit in one area or multiple areas, but not in others.

The important thing about learning disabilities is to recognize that they can create significant barriers for children learning how to read, write, do math, learn life skills and develop their abilities to plan and organize themselves.  When there are underlying learning disabilities, they are likely to impact a child’s progress in more than one subject area.  Because learning disabilities affect the basic processes the brain uses to receive, process, store and manipulate information, simply teaching more reading, more math or more writing is unlikely to resolve the problem.  Development of those underlying skills is necessary and possible.

Common Cognitive Skill Deficits in LD

While deficits in any area of cognitive functioning can impede efficient learning, some common areas of deficits impact many students:

Cognitive Area

Cognitive Skill

Definition

Example

Attention

Divided Attention

The ability to attend to two activities and the same time.

Listening to the teacher while taking notes.

Memory

Working Memory

The ability to hold information in the mind while performing mental operations on it.

Copying a math problem from book to paper, or remembering the first part of a sentence to the end to enable comprehension.

Auditory Processing

Auditory Sequential Processing

The ability of the perceptual processing system to send auditory information to the brain in the same order it was received.

Keeping sounds, words or steps in a set of instructions in the right order.

Visual Processing

Visual Processing Speed

The ability to perform tasks quickly – such as scanning, inspecting and comparing information or processing incoming information quickly.

Obtaining relevant information from a graph or reading the faces of a group of classmates.

Sensory Integration

Visual-Auditory Integration

The ability to match auditory and visual stimuli and coordinate them into a meaningful product.

Connecting the sight and smell of an orange into a single concept.

 

Resources on BrainWare SAFARI and Learning Disabilities

Research Study on Students with Specific Learning Disabilities

Strengthening Cognitive Processes in Students with Resource Plans

Case Study of BrainWare with Special Needs Students

Neuroscience and Special Education (InForum Report from the National Association of State Directors of Special Education)

BrainWare Safari and Students with Special Needs (IDEA)

Success Stories from Our Users

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Parents Say ... They’re Playing but They’re Really Learning

by John Y. (Kendall, Age 11, and Clay, Age 8)

"They think they're playing but they're really learning. The video-game format makes them want to play. We did BrainWare Safari for the learning aspect, but the game part really made them want to do it. It motivated them."

Parents Say ... You Can Give This Gift to Your Child

by Cheryl M. (Drew, Age 10)

"It's like the difference between taking your child to a music lesson and sitting and waiting or having the music teacher come to your house. You can manage it, you can get your hands around it, and you can give this gift to your child."

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 ... I See My Daughter Making Gains

by Lisa E. (Kristi, Age 7)

"BrainWare Safari is not reading or math. Rather it teaches the skills necessary to learn. My daughter, who spent four and a half years in an institution in Russia, has completed 73 levels so far and is thrilled. She has even completed some areas with memory and sequencing, areas she was very weak in and thought she could not do. I see my daughter making gains on this versus other computer games she plays. This is unique."

Parents Say ... It Was Challenging and Kept Her Excited

by Karen W. (Victoria, Age 8)

"I liked the program because Victoria was able to have her own reward system right there in front of her and that would keep her motivated to continue to pass the levels. It was game-oriented so it was fun, but at the same time, it was challenginge to her and kept her excited. As she passed more levels, her success became greater, and she would even surprise herself."

Parents Say ... Skills Quickly Transferred to Other Things

by Matt H., Father of a 7-Year-Old with Autism

"At the end of first grade, my son's teacher noted that, though he did exceptionally well academically, he had two major gaps--his ability to focus and his abstract thinking skills. Shortly thereafter, I heard about BrainWare Safari and we decided to give it a try. At first, the product frustrated my son. My wife worked with him on Rhythm Ribbet, just listening to the beat. A few minutes later, he ran into the kitchen screaming, 'I did it! I did it!" About two days later, I saw something amazing. My son was working on BrainWare Safari and he would visibly focus. He would lean forward in the chair and his entire expression would change. We had never seen this before from him. He quickly transferred this skill to other things--homework, games, puzzles. We thank you for an amazing product."

Parents Say ... I Was Just the Happiest Mom in Town

by Barb M. (Matt, Age 9)

"I think that all kids have strengths and weakensses and they feel much better about their weaknesses when they know their strengths. BrainWare Safari did that for Matt. I had a hard time believeing the results because he showed such a huge amount of improvement. I took him to a psychologist because I wanted to validate the results. They were all validated. I was just the happiest Mom in town."

Parents Say ... An Alternative to Video Games

by Thao D. (Christian, Age 9)

"The kids nowadays are really into computers and this is an alternative to video games. It helps improve their learning and keeps them busy and they're having fun. What else could you ask for?"

Parents Say ... Everyone Can Benefit from It

by Wei L. (Eric, Age 6)

"Originally, I thought this program was remedial, but everyone can get benefit from it. It's individualized to provide enrichment and build a solid foundation."

Grandparents Say ... More Focused in School

by Donna C. (Brendan (Age 12)

"The first time Brendan used BrainWare Safari, he became so thoroughly engaged with the activities that he did not want to stop. He actually set his alarm clock an hour early the next morning so he could do more BrainWare before leaving for school. When his parents went to their parent-teacher conference recently, after he had been using the program for several weeks, his teacher was very impressed. She observed that he is more focused in school and more confident in his ability to independently complete his classroom and homework assignments."

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