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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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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."

Kids Say ... I Think I’m Smarter

by Tim S. (Age 8)

"You learn and you have fun at the same time. I think I'm smarter because I do BrainWare."

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."

Parents Say ... She Made the Honor Roll

by Patrick T. (Brianna, Age 8, and Angela, Age 10)

"It's been a phenomenal experience to watch both children go through BrainWare Safari, especially Brianna. Brianna was having some challenges in school, and after she completed BrainWare Safari, she made the honor roll, which has been exciting and a very proud moment for me as a father."

Homeschooling Parents Say ... It Has Been Amazing to See My Son’s Improvement

by Mary O., Homeschooling Parent

"BrainWare Safari has been wonderful for my son! He's 14 and has really struggled with attention deficit, auditory processing, thinking and concentration. It has been amazing to see his improvement as a result of the program. I am absolutely convinced tat BrainWare Safari has improved not only his ability to stay focused, but his overall achievement. He's zooming through his regular assignments now and I'm having to supplement with more challenging work to keep him engaged. Their customer service has also been excellent. Thank you so much for this outstanding software!"

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."

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."

Educators Say ... A Major Breakthrough in Education

by Dr. Lou Barber, Former State Asst. Supt., CA

"When I became aware of the effectiveness of BrainWare Safari, I recognized the potential contribution this program could make to the educational field. It basically provides a process by which the brain learns how to learn. BrainWare Safari is a well-designed series of brain exercises in a game format that works for all learners--school-age students aged 6 and older, as well as adults. It is truly a major breakthrough in education and has unlimited potential for individuals with disability as well as those with high-level academic ability."

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."

Educators Say ... Preparing Our Kids for Problems We’ve Never Thought About

by Peter Kline, Author of "The Everyday Genius"

"Information is growing at a pace never before seen in the history of the world. Today we have billions of times more information than we had half a century ago. It is more and more difficult to find people who can do the jobs that need to be done today. Our children and grandchildren are growing up into a world where they'll have to deal with problems we've haven't thought about. BrainWare Safari is one of the tools that can make that experience delightful instead of frightening and threatening."

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