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

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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."

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."

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!"

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."

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 ... 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."

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."

Homeschooling Parents Say ... Bolstering Their Abillity in Foreign Language Learning

by Darlene B., Mother of 4 Children, Living Abroad

"Since our children have been using BrainWare Safari, I have noticed that their memory and attention abilities were dynamically increased. We live abroad and my children go to school in the host language. I feel that this program is significant in bolstering their ability to understand and problem solve, most particularly in difficult foreign-language learning situations. My children love the program. I can assure you that the activities stimulate their brains and the activities themselves draw them back. I highly recommend this."

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."

Educators Say ... Helping Our Students Close Academic Gaps

by Anne Budicin, Resource Teacher, Glenwood School

"Because of our students' backgrounds, we are always striving to provide them with opportunities that close academic gaps and help them achieve their true potential. BrainWare Safari is an essential part of achieving this. It helped our students improve their shor-term, long-term and working memory. Teachers have seen improvement in attentiveness during lessons and noted better recall of information. Ultimately, BrainWare Safari helps to prepare our students for high school and beyond by bridging those gaps in achievement and cognitive processing."

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