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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 ... 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."

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."

Homeschooling Parents Say ... One Product That Can Help All Three Sons

by Lisa M., Homeschooling Mother of 3 Boys

"I am so glad I purchased BrainWare Safari! My three sons can each work at their own pace, challenging themselves to do better at each level! It is helping one son with attention span, another with patience and diligence, and another with his focus and attention to detail. What a great thing to have one product that can help all three of my very individual sons! And, by the way although my oldest has not yet admitted to having fun, I find him smiling while working on the program!"

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."

Educators Say ... A Very Important Resource Tool for Our Teachers

by Denise Kish, Principal, MI

"As a principal and curriculum director, I am always looking for what works in education to help each of our students learn faster, more easily and more comprehensively, so each student experiences success. We have found that BrainWare Safari works with students at any level, whether struggling or accelerated. All our students improved their cognitive abilities after completing the exercises in BrainWare Safari. I consider this program a very important tool for our teachers; it makes their jobs easier as they now have better performing students."

Clinicians Say ... It Should Be a Staple in Every Household

by Teresa Rosen, PhD

"As a clinician and a parent, I have never seen a program that offers the intensity and diversity that BrainWare Safari offers. For the price, for the time involved, for the motivation of the child, there's nothing out there that even comes close. It should be a staple in every household."

Clinicians Say ... Skills Children Will Apply Every Day of Their Lives

by Russell Osnes, OD

"Our brains are constantly changing and developing. The more we exercise them, the faster we learn, and the better we process the information we receive. Working on the 41 cognitive skills encompassed in BrainWare Safari can help kids perform better, do tasks more efficiently, remember what they've been studying in school better, and be able to stay on task longer. The skills children learn in BrainWare Safari they will apply every day of their lives."

Parents Say ... The Challenge to Think Beyond Their Comfort Zone

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"My second child (12) completed BrainWare Safari about a month ago and our youngest (10) is onto his last bar. The program presented all of our children with the challenge to think beyond their comfort zone, to step 'outside' the box, and be creative in how to problem-solve their learning steps. Thank you! If you ever develop a program which takes them from the end of BrainWare Safari onward, then count us in for the next round!"

Parents Say ... They Feel They’re Growing

by Carolyn D. (Drew, Age 11)

"BrainWare Safari built Drew's confidence to know that he could go further even when it was hard. He liked the way the characters grew up. I think it translates to the kids and they feel they're growing."

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."

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