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BrainWare SAFARI strengthens the mental skills children need
to 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 users call them games, rather than exercises – and that’s ok with us!) are based on decades of proven clinical practice. With 168 levels of progressive challenge and the motivation of a video game, BrainWare SAFARI is the complete brain-building package for kids of any age. See where it can take you and your child!

Give Your Child the Advantage of a Lifetime

Each mind develops uniquely, with its own special strengths and areas that could be stronger.  Neuroscientists now agree that mental strengths and weaknesses (often referred to as intelligence) is not fixed and that cognitive skills (the mental processes our brains use to take in, understand, store and retrieve information) can be developed. 

Parents may choose to have their child use BrainWare SAFARI for a number of reasons.  Use the links below to explore the specific areas in more depth.

Whatever your reason or motivation, there are a few things you should know about BrainWare SAFARI.

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 manipulate a computer mouse to use the program. 

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 looks like a video-game).  The "games" in BrainWare are actually exercises derived from clinical therapy.  The exercises develop and integrate skills (like cross-training for the mind). 

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 60 minutes per session.  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 multiple research studies.

WHERE

BrainWare SAFARI runs on a computer, either a PC or a Mac.  There is software that is installed on your computer and it requires an Internet connection. The computer must have speakers.  A headset and a mouse are recommended. 

BrainWare SAFARI can be used by children at home, with a parent, grandparent, other adult, or even an older sibling serving as their Coach.  The role of the Coach is to help the child stay on track with the recommended usage and to encourage and support them throughout their use of the program.  We provide information for parents as their child starts on the program on how to make it the best experience possible.  Many parents tell us that BrainWare time with their child strenthened the parent-child bond.

Cogntiive skills development can benefit children across a broad spectrum of abilities, including normally developing, those with identified cognitive deficits and high-performing children.  The following links provide additional information on how BrainWare Cognitive Skills Training works for different types of individuals.

Learning Disabilities

Having a child with learning disabilities often means that the child and parents all experience a good deal of frustration.  As hard as they try, school work is too often a struggle.  The interventions provided by most schools tend to focus on accommodations and other strategies to work around a child's weakensses.  BrainWare SAFARI doesn’t just teach children how to compensate for weak processing areas.  It uses your child’s strengths to build weaker areas.

Attention Deficit Disorder

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

Gifted

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

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 who are at least 8 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.

Child Development (Typically Developing)

This link provides information on how children's brains develop and the potential for cognitive training to improve a variety of cognitive skills as well as academic performance.

Success Stories from Our Users

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Grandparents Say ... We’re Seeing Benefits We Never Thought We Would Get

by Paul A. (Gregory, Age 11)

"When I heard about BrainWare Safari, I immediately thought of my grandson, Gregory, who has Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). BrainWare is helping Greg learn strategy. If he can't do an exercise because he has a problem with his ADD, he develops a strategy so that he can find a way to do it. He learns how to use his brain in dfferent ways to help him with his speed. We're seeing benefits we never thoguht we would get which are helping us combat his deficiency."

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."

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!"

Adult Users Say ... I Am Very Aware of How Specific Exercises Help Me in My Job

by Sam Kline, Construction Field Engineer

When I interviewed for my current job as a Construction Field Engineer, I was asked to take an aptitude test. I was told that very few people got halfway through the test. I completed 49 out of 50 questions and received one of the highest scores ever. Having used BrainWare Safari, I was able to process and respond quickly. I am very aware of how specific exercises help me in my job role. The directionality and visualization exercises have made it is easy for me to direct a co-worker right or left to set up instrumentation in the field even if I am not facing the same direction. And the scanning exercises help with noticing small details in drawings. To me, BrainWare breaks down the basic building blocks of thinking and learning."

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."

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."

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."

Grandparents Say ... More Focused in School

by Donna C. (Brendan (Age 12)

"The first time Brendan used BrainWare Safari, he became so thoroughly engaged with the activities that he did not want to stop. He actually set his alarm clock an hour early the next morning so he could do more BrainWare before leaving for school. When his parents went to their parent-teacher conference recently, after he had been using the program for several weeks, his teacher was very impressed. She observed that he is more focused in school and more confident in his ability to independently complete his classroom and homework assignments."

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!"

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."

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