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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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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."

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."

Parents Say ... More Willing to Work Independently

by Fred K. (Katelyn, Age 7)

"I noticed a change in Katelyn's willingness to work independently. She seems a lot more willing to take on a task and work through it on her own."

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."

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 ... 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."

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."

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 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."

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."

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