ifocus FAQ's

How do I know if this will work for my child?

Because it’s based upon years of research, data, and experience from leading doctors and scientists in their fields of expertise. Because it’s been tested by a nationally recognized specialist in Child Psychiatry and Brain Imaging. Because it’s worked for so many children and helped so many families. All of that points to it improving the lives of children and families. ifocus truly provides a holistic approach to improving focus, attention, and memory in your child. And as a parent, you are free to get as involved with your child’s improvement as you like. The game provides your child with a platform for improvement in focus, attention, and memory that they can do all on their own. But the additional materials are a great way for you, the parent, to get involved in your child’s improvement through cognitive behavioral strategies, fitness programs, and nutritional guidelines—all geared toward helping your child FILTER, FOCUS, ABSORB, and REMEMBER.

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Will I need to do this with my child?

As a parent, you can choose to get as involved as you would like, but even with minimal involvement, you will see positive results in your child’s ability to focus, pay attention, and remember.

The Jungle Rangers computer game is a component of the ifocus system designed specifically for children to do on their own. Simply by playing the computer game, new pathways in their brain are being created so that results in your child’s behavior will become obvious within a few weeks of playing. To see results within a few weeks, we recommend playing for at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.

If you, as the parent, did want to get more involved, the additional materials in the ifocus system enable the parent to take a holistic approach to their child’s improvement in focus and attention. These materials are like a toolbox for the parent so that you can enhance your child’s improvement through cognitive behavioral strategies, fitness programs, and nutritional guidelines—all geared toward helping your child FILTER, FOCUS, ABSORB, and REMEMBER.

What if I don’t see the results I want?

In case you do not see the results you want, we offer a deep and honest 6-month Parent-To-Parent Promise: Within 6 months you will (1) actually notice improvements in your child’s behavior day-to-day and in their performance at school and (2) be able to measure their progress on our Jungle Rangers Dashboard—or your money-back. We absolutely guarantee this product.

How long and how often should my child be playing Jungle Rangers?

The more time your child plays the more improvement you will see. Focus Education recommends at a minimum 20 minutes 3 times per week, but 30 minutes 5 times per week is better. The aim is for your child to receive at least 12 to 20 total hours to get the benefit of game play as it relates to their focus and attention. If they want to keep going after that, great, and there is about 45 hours of gameplay in Jungle Rangers. Of course, the game is designed so they can continue to play for many more hours to have additional gains in focus and attention, win additional trophies and garner further achievements. Although parts of the game can be a struggle, it is not always how well you do in each of the tasks but the amount of time, focus and attention your child has given to the tasks. You can track the hours of game play in the dashboard.

Will this help with ADD or AD/HD?

While the ifocus system can help any child improve their focus and attention, much of its design was based upon cognitive training for children with impairments including AD/HD, so it will be highly beneficial for them.

What about Autism, Asperger's, or other issues?

We have not tested the ifocus system on children with any issues beyond AD/HD, however we believe if your child has the ability to play a computer game, ifocus and Jungle Rangers is likely to benefit them.

What about Medications?

Focus Education does not take a position either for or against medications. The decision about medications for your child is something between your family and your doctor. The ifocus System and Jungle Rangers are not necessarily designed to replace medication.

Will my child's improvements from ifocus/Jungle Rangers last or will they fade?

Research shows that once neuro pathways have been opened or strengthened they do not recede unless there is either a disease or until the onset of issues later with aging.

What if the game is too easy for my child? Or what if the game is too difficult?

The game technology has been designed to automatically adjust itself to the level of difficulty at which the player can succeed and then slowly challenges the player to higher levels of focus and attention. To avoid frustration, the game will come back down to a lower level when necessary. Initially, it may take the game “brain” 10 to 30 minutes to learn the player and adjust to the appropriate level.

What is the purpose of the Dashboard?

The Dashboard keeps a record of how much time your child has played the game and tracks your child’s results.

If you have already purchased the ifocus System, which includes the Jungle Rangers game, please refer to the pop-up information boxes and the About sections to learn more about each of the tasks reflected in the Dashboard. To visit the Dashboard, select “Dashboard” from the home screen of the Jungle Rangers game. If the game is already started, restart the game, select “Dashboard” with the arrows. Select the player with your mouse.

What if my child becomes frustrated because they are having difficulty progressing to different lands within the Jungle Rangers game?

Some children can experience some difficulty in moving on to different lands in the Jungle Rangers game if they have not played a sufficient amount of time in each game. This is completely normal, especially when a child is just starting out. If your child is becoming frustrated because they are unable to explore the different lands and new games, we have some suggestions.

In the first land of “Arboria” there are 3 games, each of which has time restrictions before the player can move on to the next land, “Big Rock,” where the games become more interesting and a little more difficult. The land of “Spite Factory” continues this progression. The scale at the top of the game gives a rough idea of how close your child is to moving on to a new land.

If you go to the Dashboard, you will be given an exact count of how much time your child has played in each game and can figure out how much is left in each game. To visit the Dashboard, restart the game, select “Dashboard” with the arrows. Select the player with your mouse. The Dashboard will give you a total amount of time your child has played in each of the three games as well as each individual task.

In “Arboria” the time requirements are as follows:

  • Stump Jump (Span Task) requires a player to play a minimum of 45 minutes before moving on in the game.
  • Dasha’s Dojo (N-back Task) requires a player to play a minimum of 30 minutes before moving on in the game.
  • Books Crooks (CPT) requires a player either complete the game with a high accuracy (90%) or spend a minimum of 30 minutes playing the game.

In “Big Rock” the time requirements are as follows:

  • Rock Hopper (Span Task) requires a player to play a minimum of 60 minutes before moving on in the game.
  • Headimoff Pass (CPT) requires a player either complete the game with a high accuracy (80%) or spend a minimum of 45 minutes playing the game.
  • Perch’s Peak (N-back Task) requires a player to play a minimum of 45 minutes before moving on in the game.

In “Spite Factory” the time requirements are as follows:

  • Industrial Intrusion (Span Task) requires a player to play a minimum of 90 minutes before moving on in the game.
  • Conveyor Conflict (CPT) requires a player either complete the game with a high accuracy (70%) or spend a minimum of 45 minutes playing the game.
  • Dr. Bearhead’s Office (N-back Task) requires a player to play a minimum of 90 minutes before moving on in the game.

What is a “Span Task”?

Working Memory Span Tasks require increasingly greater abilities to hold more information in mind during a short period of time and to be able to reorganize and manipulate that information as needed. Working memory has considerable effects on reading and mathematics skills.

More specifically, working memory (WM) refers to the process of temporary (short-term) storage and management of information. While similar to the idea of ‘short-term memory’, WM typically conveys an additional emphasis on the active manipulation of the information being held in mind. Similar to RAM memory in a computer (versus hard drive memory), this type of memory is important as it is felt to be important in activities such as guiding goal-directed thoughts or behaviors. WM is typically considered a ‘limited capacity’ specialized subsystem, distinct from actual perception, and with specific capacity for both visual and auditory information. Research models and studies point to the importance of WM for several cognitive abilities including logical reasoning and problem-solving. Some researchers have suggested that WM is a bit like the ‘gas’ for the cognitive ‘engine’ required for many abilities. Research studies have found it to be crucial for school readiness and academic achievement (such as aspects of reading comprehension & mathematics). Likewise, many developmental and acquired disorders are associated with lower WM ability. Research suggests that improvements can be made in WM with specific cognitive exercises aiming to increase this important capacity. The ‘span tasks’ in Jungle Rangers provides such exercises to enhance WM. Improvements in WM have been related to increases in a number of abilities, including intellectual ability.

What is an “N-Back Task”?

N-Back tasks require sustained working memory use over a longer period of time than is typical in a Working Memory Task. It requires continuous attention to the task, ability to hold greater amounts of information in memory, and to continuously update the relevant information being maintained, while monitoring one’s performance.

These tasks require that an individual monitor a number of stimuli (objects, sounds, places(positions) on a screen) and respond if the ‘current’ event in the sequence is the same as that which occurred ‘n’ (where ‘n’ is a number) before it. That is, for a 1-back task, if the event the same as the one that occurred just previously (1 before it), your child would respond (by hitting the space bar or up key). Likewise, on a 2-back task, if the event presented is the same as the one that occurred 2 events before it in the sequence, your child would respond. These n-back tasks place demands on your child’s ability to hold the task-related information as well as continuously update it in their minds. Research suggests that training on these types of tasks increases both Working Memory abilities and attention skills.

What is a “CPT”?

Continuous Performance Tasks require a high level of attention and concentration. The task demands are to attend and respond to particular target objects, while ignoring other objects (distractors). Sustaining attention on this task is challenging for many children, especially those with attention issues.

Sustained attention is considered a primary element or component in current neuropsychological models of attention. Most people can easily relate to sustained attention as part of their everyday experience. For example, instructions from a parent or teacher to ‘pay attention’ are essentially efforts to get a child to sustain their attention to the task at hand. Sustained attention is influenced many things. First it requires some elementary processes of sensory selective attention, ability to remember the reason you are attending, and a level mental control. Selective attention depends on a relatively stable attentional capacity, enabling adequate focus over time. Attention training is based on the finding that attentional abilities can be improved by activating attention through a stimulus drill approach. The repeated stimulation of attentional systems via graded attention exercises appears to facilitate changes in attention capacity. Most attention training programs assume that aspects of cognition can be isolated and discretely targeted with training exercises including functions related to sustaining attention over time (vigilance), shifting attention, speed of processing, and screening out distractions. The CPT tasks in Jungle Rangers are exercises designed to increase your child’s capacity to attend for greater and greater durations of time, to be less distracted by irrelevant information, and increase their reaction time and accuracy of response. The exercises are designed to require higher levels of attention, and to keep this high level of attention sustained for longer and longer periods of time during the game. Better performance is indicated by longer sustained durations of game play at higher accuracy rates.

Are there video instructions?

Yes. Every game begins with a video instruction, hosted by one of the Jungle Rangers. If your child needs to re-visit these instructions, they can be viewed multiple times in the Movie Theater located in the world of Arboria on the ground level.

What is the significance of the Map, and how do I review it?

At any point during the game, your child can use the “M” key on the keyboard to see which lands have been unlocked. This is also a fast and easy way to warp to the different worlds without having to walk through each of the worlds to get where you need to be. Each of the lands represents an exciting story-based platform for your child to complete different types of task-based challenges.

What is the significance of the Monkey Shrine (Trophy Room)?

As your child plays the game, he or she will unlock trophies that are held in the Monkey Shrine. Your child will be able to see what trophies have been won and which ones are left to conquer.

Does the game play from the CD or do I have to install anything?

The CD provided is the game installation CD. Once you have installed the components onto your computer, the game will be played from your computer, giving you optimal performance. However, the CD is required to be in the CD drive as the key to unlocking the ability to play the game, every time your child plays.

How do I install the game?

MAC or PC:

Quit or Exit all Programs

Insert the Jungle Rangers Game disc into the CD Drive

After a few moments, if the game does not automatically begin installing as shown above, please double-click your CD drive, then double-click on the “WIN” or “MAC” folder, then double-click on “Jungle Rangers Installer”

Click “Install” button.

Choose Preferences and Location or just click “Continue” button to let the game be installed in the default Programs folder.

Click “I Agree” button.

Game will begin installing.

When I put the disc in the computer, nothing happens.

If your computer has two disc drives, please make sure you have put the game in the CD drive and not the DVD drive.

Try opening up “My Computer” and finding the CD Drive. Confirm the drive says “Jungle Rangers Installation CD”. Double click the CD. Then double-click the WIN folder. Find the red icon called Jungle Rangers Installer and double-click. This should begin the installation.

What are the minimum system requirements for the Jungle Rangers Game

PC: Intel Pentium 4 2 GHz or faster with 1 GB Ram

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home, Professional, or Tablet PC edition with Service Pack 2 or 3 (including 64 bit editions), Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise (including 64 bit editions) with Service Pack 1, or Windows 7 (including 64 bit editions)

Mac: Intel Core Duo 1.83GHz or faster with 1 GB Ram

Operating System: Mac OS 10.4, 10.5, 10.6 (Snow Leopard), or Mac OSX (Lion)

Can I install the game on multiple computers?

Yes, you can install the game on multiple computers, however, the CD is required to be in your CD drive in order to play the game. So, you may install it on a home computer and a laptop, for example, but the original CD must be in the computer that the game is being played on.

Is it possible to resize the game window to full screen?

Yes. If would like to resize the game window, or have the game in full screen, you can change your screen resolution in the computer. For Windows, please refer to your Control Panel for Display Properties. For Mac, please refer to your System Preferences.

Why do I get this Adobe Air Updater pop-up?

Every now and then, the game may pause and a message box will appear alerting you that an update to Adobe AIR is ready to be installed.

How many players can play Jungle Rangers at the same time?

Only one person can play Jungle Rangers at a time, but you can log up to 5 player profiles in the game, and keep their data in the dashboard in order to track each player’s individual improvements. In order to add another player beyond 5, you will have to delete a player profile to add another.

Why did the program lock up during playing?

Jungle Rangers has been programmed to the highest standards of reliability, but occasionally computers just "get tired" or "confused" and any program can lock up.

Press CONTROL+ALT+DELETE and a task manager window will appear. Find the Jungle Rangers program. If it says "not responding" then press "end task" to stop the program and clear the problem.

PS: This works for all programs when they lock up your computer!