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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 ... 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 ... An Information Age Tool that Supports Information Age Thinking

by Ronald L. Kraft, Superintendent, MI

"To educate students in the Information Age instead of the Industrial Age, we need Information Age tools and materials that support Information Age thinking. BrainWare Safari is on the cutting edge of preparing students to be Information Age thinkers using exercises that develop their ability to recognize patterns, solve problems, and think more effectively."

Kids Say ... I Beat It!

by Adam K. (Age 12)

"It was really fun. Some levels were really easy, but others got harder and harder. I didn't think that I could beat the last level of one of the exercises, but I worked on it and beat it!"

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 ... You Can Give This Gift to Your Child

by Cheryl M. (Drew, Age 10)

"It's like the difference between taking your child to a music lesson and sitting and waiting or having the music teacher come to your house. You can manage it, you can get your hands around it, and you can give this gift to your child."

Clinicians Say ... It Should Be a Staple in Every Household

by Teresa Rosen, PhD

"As a clinician and a parent, I have never seen a program that offers the intensity and diversity that BrainWare Safari offers. For the price, for the time involved, for the motivation of the child, there's nothing out there that even comes close. It should be a staple in every household."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

BrainWare SAFARI Parent Resources

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  • CODiE Award
    CODiE Award
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