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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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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 ... 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."

Kids Say ... Lots of Stuff is Easier

by Rachel C. (Age 8)

"I can concentrate more and lots of stuff is easier."

Educators Say ... More Rapidly Closes the Gap in Skills That Are Difficult to Remediate

by Sheila Govern, Principal, Lyons Elementary, AZ

"Students who used BrainWare Safari in 3rd grade and returned in 4th grade reduced the gap between their performance and expectation by at least half on reading tests. Students who used the program in 4th grade and returned in 5th grade reduced the gap by 75%. We currently focus on using the program with Title I students because it helps them more rapidly close the gap by developing skills they lack and that are difficult to remediate in any other way. We wish funding permitted us to use the program with all of our students."

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 ... 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."

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 ... 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 ... Skills Quickly Transferred to Other Things

by Matt H., Father of a 7-Year-Old with Autism

"At the end of first grade, my son's teacher noted that, though he did exceptionally well academically, he had two major gaps--his ability to focus and his abstract thinking skills. Shortly thereafter, I heard about BrainWare Safari and we decided to give it a try. At first, the product frustrated my son. My wife worked with him on Rhythm Ribbet, just listening to the beat. A few minutes later, he ran into the kitchen screaming, 'I did it! I did it!" About two days later, I saw something amazing. My son was working on BrainWare Safari and he would visibly focus. He would lean forward in the chair and his entire expression would change. We had never seen this before from him. He quickly transferred this skill to other things--homework, games, puzzles. We thank you for an amazing product."

Kids Say ... Go at the Pace That Is Right for You

by Andrew T. (Age 11)

"BrainWare Safari taught me that if you are rushing in math you can get a lot of questions wrong, but if you go at a certain pace that is right for you, can get the problems right."

BrainWare SAFARI Parent Resources

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