“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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Educators Say ... Preparing Our Kids for Problems We’ve Never Thought About

by Peter Kline, Author of "The Everyday Genius"

"Information is growing at a pace never before seen in the history of the world. Today we have billions of times more information than we had half a century ago. It is more and more difficult to find people who can do the jobs that need to be done today. Our children and grandchildren are growing up into a world where they'll have to deal with problems we've haven't thought about. BrainWare Safari is one of the tools that can make that experience delightful instead of frightening and threatening."

Educators Say ... The Program Boosted Their Self-Esteem

by Natalie Cordell, Teacher, IN

"I love BrainWare Safari and so do the students. The program is indeed a great way for the students to learn while having fun. Many of them have shown more willingness to work independently. The program definitely has boosted thier self-esteem as they have graduated many levels. It is rewarding to watch them solve problems and reach success."

Parents Say ... Equip Them for Life

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

"We've definitely seen some improvement with our children. Parents will do pretty much anything to help their kids and equip them for life later on. This is definitely a tool to do that."

Kids Say ... Lots of Stuff is Easier

by Rachel C. (Age 8)

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

A Homeschooling Parent and Adult User Says ... I Have Much Better Concentration and Memory

by Ramona Baker

"We had an evaluation were recommended for about $14,000 worth of brain work. I bought Brain Safari for my 14 year-old son, my 15 year-old daughter and for myself ( age 55). I am nearly finished with the program. I cant say what it has done for the kids yet, but I know for myself, I have a much better degree of concentration and memory. I am looking forward to seeing improvement in my daughter's logic and my son's processing speed. My children enjoy the program and I have not had to remind them to do it. It cost us less than one hour of brain training. We all wish there were more logic problems in the program."

Kids Say ... My Teacher Was Very Impressed

by Rachael H. (Age 7)

"I think it was fun and it helps me with my memory. When I had Chinese class, I got all of them right. The teacher was very impressed."

Educators Say ... Gives Teachers Valuable Data They Can Use to Improve Their Instruction

by Dr. Lou Whitaker, Principal, Pope John Paul II, FL

"The area we noticed the greatest improvement in was the attitude of the students. They enjoyed playing the games and the teachers and parents noticed the students were able to complete homework assignments with less stress and frustration--which was a direct result of BrainWare Safari. As an educator for over forty years, I have spent my career looking for new, innovative programs that produce results, give teachers valuable data they can use to improve their instruction, get students excited about learning, and put fun back in the classroom. BrainWare Safari is such a program."

Parents Say ... I Don’t Have to Repeat Myself

by Julie B. (Nicholas, Age 9)

"I'm happy with BrainWare Safari and I've watched Nick's progess. His attention is better. I think his memory is better too. But what I really notice is that I don't have to repeat myself 20 times to get him to do something."

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."

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?"

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