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BrainWare SAFARI strengthens your students’ capacity to learn
and be successful – not just for the next test – but throughout their lives.
Better Mind … Better Life®.
BrainWare SAFARI develops the ability to learn and think effectively in a comprehensive, integrated and engaging way – the way the brain works.
Award-winning BrainWare SAFARI builds 41 cognitive skills in 6 areas: Attention, Memory, Thinking, Visual Processing, Auditory Processing and Sensory Integration. The 20 exercises in BrainWare SAFARI (most students call them games, rather than exercises -- and that's ok with us!) are based on decades of proven clinical practice. BrainWare SAFARI does not teach reading or math but boosts performance across the curriculum because it addresses the underlying skills that enable all learning.

Improved Academic Performance Without Teaching to the Test


BrainWare SAFARI is an award-winning software program that incorporates decades of proven clinical approaches to cognitive skills development into an engaging video-game format.

The program contains 20 exercises comprising 168 progressively challenging levels that develop and strengthen 41 cognitive (mental processing) skills.  

The 41 skills fall into six categories:

  • Attention
  • Memory
  • Visual Processing
  • Auditory Processing
  • Sensory Integration
  • Reasoning/Logic

 

BrainWare SAFARI does not directly teach reading or math or any specific subject matter. Rather it trains the underlying skills that enable students to learn. The skills developed in BrainWare SAFARI were selected because they are critical in the learning process. Cognitive skills development can benefit students across a broad spectrum of abilities, including typically developing, those with identified cognitive deficits and high-performing students. 

Whatever your goals are for using BrainWare SAFARI, there are a few things you should know:

WHO

BrainWare SAFARI is recommended for ages 6 through adult.  Children should know the alphabet and their numbers through 100, and they need to be able to use a mouse.  We find that schools are most successful using the program in 2nd grade and up, in elementary and middle schools.  Some schools have also successfully used the program in high school.

WHAT

This cognitive training program is unique.  It works on a broader range of skills than other brain training programs.  There are many "brain games" on the market, but BrainWare SAFARI is not a game (although it does look like a video game and students do find it engaging).  What students will refer to as "games" in BrainWare are actually exercises derived from multidisciplinary clinical therapy, drawing from speech pathology, vision development, psychology, and other disciplines.

WHEN

The recommended usage for BrainWare SAFARI for most users is 3 to 5 times a week for 12 to 14 weeks, for 30 to 40 minutes per session.  This means that the program can be used, like an intervention, for a semester.  The reason for this recommendation is that it is the frequency of usage that has shown dramatic gains in cognitive skills and academic performance in research studies.

WHERE       

BrainWare SAFARI runs on a computer, either a PC or a Mac.  There is software that is installed on the computer and it requires and Internet connection.  The computer must have speakers.  A headset and mouse are recommended.  In schools, students typically use the program in a computer lab, in the classroom, in a resource setting, in an after-school program and can also use the program from home if they have a computer there.

Dr. Pat Wolfe, author of Brain Matters, explains BrainWare SAFARI this way:  “Almost nothing I have seen has the ability to develop the cognitive skills that kids need to be able to think and plan.  When I saw BrainWare SAFARI, I was really impressed. I am endorsing it wholeheartedly because it works and because I think it is what we really need for our kids.”

Cognitive training can benefit students across a broad spectrum of abilities, incluidng those with learning disabilities, students with ADHD and ASD, gifted students, economically disadvantaged (Title I) students, and English Language Learners, as well as typically developing students in general education.  The following links provide additional information on who BrainWare Cognitive Skills Traiing works for different types of students and in different school settings.

Learning Disabilities

The standard interventions provided in schools, including accommodations, curriculum modifications and learning strategies, are important ways of supporting students with learning disabilities.  However, they are designed to work around the areas of disability and to enable the student to avoid areas of cognitive weakness.  BrainWare SAFARI doesn't just teach children how to work around or compensate for weak processing areas.  It uses students' strengths to build weaker areas and fill in cognitive gaps.

Title I

There is a growing body of research on the impact of poverty on cognitive development, and many low SES students come to our classrooms with real deficits in many areas of cognitive processing.  BrainWare SAFARI helps strengthen the capacity to learn to help Title I students close the gap.

English Language Learners (ELL)

Cognitive skills play a significant role in the ability to learn a new language.  BrainWare SAFARI develops cognitive processes essential for efficient language acquisition.

Gifted

Using BrainWare SAFARI has been shown in multiple studies to improve cognitive functioning.  Average improvements on tests like the CogAT of 12 percentile points have been demonstrated.  In one school study, using BrainWare SAFARI helped more students qualify for the gifted program, over multiple years. 

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD)

There is not a cure for ADHD, but there are approaches that parents and schools find useful in helping children with ADHD manage more effectively in school.  BrainWare SAFARI works on cognitive skills that are typically weak for children with ADHD, includng attention (sustained and selective attention), auditory and visual working memory, and other executive functions.  It is estimated that 30-50% of children with ADHD also have learning disabilities.

Autism

An Autism Spectrum Diagnosis (ASD) can mean many things and BrainWare SAFARI is not for all children with ASD.  Generally, we find that the program can be used successfully by children with ASD how are at least 8 years old and/or who are higher functioning.  Cognitive skill development with BrainWare SAFARI can be a piece of the puzzle for some children with an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis.

General Education

Cognitive skills are the foundation for every student's ability to learn.  As schools strive for college- and career-readiness, and try to adapt to the greater emphasis on higher order thinking skills, and what are sometimes referred to as 21st Century Skills, students' capacity for learning, thinking and problem-solving are more important than ever. BrainWare SAFARI addresses the cognitive capacity students bring to the classroom to improve learning across the curriculum.  Models like Universal Design for Learning help to clarify the role of cognitive skills in academic performance and approaches to instruction.

Click here to schedule an online demonstration to see the program and explore implementation approaches.

Success Stories from Our Users

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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."

Adult Users Say ... I’m Using the Focusing Techniques I Learned

by Leah Petrusiak, Journalist

"When I was a freshman in high school, my teacher told my dad, 'Leah doesn't know how to think.' As time went on, I realized I had trouble piecing together how certain events culminated in larger happenings. I often forgot events in my own history. While I've dealt with my disconnects in a number of ways, I decided to check out BrainWare Safari. Not only can a clinician use it to spot your trouble spots, you'll quickly find them out on your own--and your strengths as well. One unexpected benefit I realized was an improvement in my art-making ability. If found that I was more in tune with how textures, colors and sequences play off each other, having worked on the exercises that force you to from one complete picture in your head from three boards of Tic Tac Toe. I am also using the focusing techniques I learned when I throw my hat on top of my credit card and am able to form a mental picture of where it is."

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."

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."

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."

Educators Say ... The Results Were Absolutely Amazing

by Curtis Boehmer, SLP, MI

"I found BrainWare Safari on the web and it intrigued me. We set up a small pilot group and ran it for 12 weeks. The results were absolutely amazing. It was everything it said it was and more. As a result of the study, and the increased academic performance of the students, BrainWare Safari was instituted for all students in grades 3 through 12. We are very pleased with the continuing results and the improved student achievement. Every student in America should use BrainWare Safari."

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?"

Homeschooling Parents Say ... I Find the Exercises Challenging for Myself

by J.Detweiler, Homeschooling Parent

"My daughter, who is 8 years old, really enjoys BrainWare Safari. She has Sensory Processing Disorder; her vision and auditory system are impacted by this. The games do a great job targeting the skills she needs improvement on. We've found some of the games are similar to exercises her vision therapist was having her do. The one exception though is BrainWare Safari does it in a way that's more fun. As a parent, I enjoy watching her play the games and find them challenging for myself."

Clinicians Say ... Strengthens Students’ Underlying Cognitive Skills

by Colleen Bain, Enhanced Learning Skills for Kids

"I use BrainWare Safari as one of my tools to transform students into dynamic independent learners. This program has proven itself time and time again to help strengthen a student's underlying cognitive skill set. A lot of my students enjoy using this program. I often recommend it for students who need strengthening within auditory and/or visual memory in addition to other areas."

Educators Say ... I Could See Changes in Their Ability to Think Logically

by Michelle Fisher-Jones, Teacher, IN

"It is sad, as an educator, to see many students who come into my class lacking the confidence they need to be successful in school. It is imperative that students are given the opportunities to excel. BrainWare Safari was that opportunity and the students definitely took advantage of it. I could see changes in their ability to think logically and to solve problems. They looked forward to practicing the skills in BrainWare Safari. They just wanted to keep going."

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