“Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimension.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Cognitive Skills

Cognitive skills refer to the mental processes our brains use to take in, give meaning to, manipulate, store and retrieve information about the outside world.  Cognitive skills also include the processes that help us learn and think, solve problems, collaborate and create.

This model of mental processing identifies some of the critical steps in learning and classifies functions into four main stages of procesing: Reception, Perception, Memory and Thinking.

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Reception

Reception is the initial step in the learning sequence and involves taking in information through our sense:  sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch.  The enormous amount of information available to our senses must be compared, sorted, organized, and then filtered to eliminate irrelevant information and enable relevant information to flow through to other processes. Our brains take just fractions of a second to determine what is relevant and what to discard, and we are not even aware of it happening; this processing is all nonconscious.  In order to do this we depend on cognitive skills such as various attention skills and the ability to efficiently gather visual inputs.

Perception

At the next stage of the learning sequence, information selected in the Reception stage is further processed to identify and interpret it. This requires retrieving stored information from memory and integrating it with the new information. We must put visual and auditory information together, keep things in a sequence and understand where things are in space and time relative to other things.  Once again, these processes occur within seconds and are performed nonconsciously.

Memory

Memory is essential in all phases of information processing and is integral to any ability to manipulate information, compare, comprehend, and learn. In fact, if we can't remember something, we can't really say that we have learned it. Memory skills range from immediate to long-term depending on the duration of time information is stored.  The only stage at which we are conscious of the information is when we are holding it and manipulating it in working memory.  It is important to recognize that if we don't actively process information in working memory, it is unlikely to be stored in long-term memory.

Working memory is one of a special class of cognitive skills referred to as executive functions.  Executive functions are the directive capacities of our minds.  The other two executive functions are inhibitory control, essential for self-regulation, and cognitive flexibility, which is how we reorient our thoughts when the rules of the world around us change, or when we shift from an external focus to internal reflective thinking.

Thinking

Other higher order executive functions are also part of the thinking stage of the learning sequence.  This is the stage at which we achieve comprehension, make decisions, plan for the future and solve problems. 

BrainWare Safari develops 41 cognitive skills in the areas of Attention, Memory, Visual Processing, Auditory Processing, Thinking and Sensory Integration.

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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."

Parents Say ... Skills that Benefit Children for Their Lifetime

by Puling Z. (Rachel, Age 7)

"BrainWare Safari works on skills that can benefit children for their lifetime. Other skills they may forget, but this is different. It's like Chinese traditional medicine; it cures form the root."

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."

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 ... 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."

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 ... I Just Want to Say Thank You

by Corinne Lake, Valley Christian Junior High

"Twice a week student groups report to a facility with laptops that have the BrainWare Safari software. They bascially play games, but in the meantime are developing a mastery level at paying close attention to details and memory skill development. I just want to say thank you. The stuents are being helped and are enjoying the process very much. I think many students can benefit from this affordable software and will be recommending it to parents for giving their children some activity in the summer that is fun and educational."

Educators Say ... It Meets Students’ Brain Development Needs

by Stephanie Brown, Reading & Math Coach, IN

"With BrainWare Safari, my students had the opportunity to develop their cognitive skills while playing intellectual games that the program provided. The students were highly motivated, with little exception, throughout. I would not hesitate to recommend use of BrainWare Safari in schools. It meets students' brain development needs while working through a technology medium that students crave. It truly was a wonderful experience."

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."

Parents Say ... I Noticed A Difference in His Schoolwork

by Debra W. (Demar, Age 10

"I noticed a difference in his schoolwork. When I went in to see his teacher, she told me how well he was maturing, how well he'd done in his classes, and how easy it was for him to make progress. She now has to keep up with hin in his schoolwork. Before he was slower and afraid to make decisions. Now he makes decisions for both of us. He likes BrainWare Safari. I love it!"

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