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“Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimension.” Oliver Wendell Holmes

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.

Recent neuroscience research has shown that low socioeconomic status (low SES) students on average have deficits in cognitive functions relative to their more advantaged classmates.  These deficits are more pervasive than the deficits in language and vocabulary that educators have been working to address for the last three decades.  The following chart shows the areas of brain function where SES makes a difference in average student development and provides examples of the impact we would expect on educational performance.

Cognitive SystemCognitive SkillsExamples of Educational Impact
Occipitotemporal/visual cognition systemThe ability to perceive patterns and to visualize.Physical and mental workspace organization

Understanding non-verbal feedback in a social situation

Understanding math and science concepts

Visualization of information that has been read or heard

Parietal/spatial cognition systemThe ability to perceive and mentally manipulate spatial relationships, including the ability to sequence.Math, especially geometry

Visual problem-solving and estimation

Physical coordination, acuity

Medial temporal/memory systemThe ability to form new memories and to assemble information from distributed storage sites that represent a whole memory.Learning new information

Remembering multiple pieces of information needed to solve a problem

Creating relationships among concepts and ideas

Left perisylvan/language systemThe ability to learn and understand words, to distinguish sounds that distinguish similar sounding words.Vocabulary development

Phonological awareness

Grammar, pronunciation

Communication, expression

Prefrontal/executive function systemThe ability to control the focus of one’s attention.Sustaining focus

Deferring gratification

Creating plans, making decisions

Anterior cingulate/cognitive control systemThe ability to override competing attentional or behavioral responses.Choosing between alternatives in decision-making

Ignoring distractions and staying focused

Being able to behave differently in different situations

Lateral prefrontal/working memory systemThe ability to retain and manipulate information over a short period of time.Remembering a series of instructions

Complex reasoning and problem-solving

Reading comprehension

BrainWare SAFARI and Title I Students

Deficits in cognitive capacity do not disappear immediately when children are exposed to good teaching and good curriculum.  In fact, such deficits are important barriers to being able to learn and often constitute limitations to the pace and quality of learning.  Before students with deficits can learn, they must develop the capacity to learn.

BrainWare Safari has been used with a variety of populations, from low-performing to high-performing students of all economic backgrounds.  When BrainWare Safari has been used with low SES students, it has been shown, in several studies, to impact the cognitive skills in the areas of deficit described above.  Further, improved cognitive functioning is associated with positive changes in the trajectory of student academic progress in a relatively short period of time.

These studies suggest that developing students’ cognitive skills, along with good curriculum and good teaching, can help them to narrow and ultimately close the achievement gap.  With greater capacity to learn, these students will be able to benefit from the learning opportunities they are afforded.

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