Newsletter of ELR Software Pty Ltd
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ELR Software produces a range of computer programs designed by speech pathologists for speech, language & literacy intervention. Our programs may be used interactively within therapy sessions, to increase efficiency in service delivery, and to improve access to the Internet for people with special needs. We are also available as consultants to clinicians and research projects in the fields of literacy and accessibility issues associated with the Internet.
The aim of this newsletter is to inform you of developments and changes to our major products eLr (Extra Language Resources), Build-a-Sentence, Word Meanings, Rude Readers and EIA (Enhancing Internet Access). We welcome the opportunity for feedback and questions, and will be pleased to consider including reader contributions and announcements.
This Newsletter (and previous editions) as well as a "print-ready" PDF version of the current edition is available online at www.elr.com.au/news. An email version is also sent monthly to members of our mailing list (See Subscribing/Unsubscribing).
In this issue -
- New eLr Materials
- Speech Pathology Australia Conference 2015
- Other Independent Developers
- Free Downloads
- ELR 2015 Calendar
Eighty five new tasks have been added to "Phonology - Skills & Early Sounds". All tasks are in the "Early consonant sounds" subsection targeting words starting with /p/ /b/ /t/ and /d/ sounds. The aim of these tasks is to provide word based activities to encourage accurate production of target sounds. Currently there are only picture based activities in this section, so these tasks are appropriate for older learners who have speech sound disorders.
Four models are used in these new tasks:
- Word sound buttons: presents one word on the screen at a time. The learner is encouraged to say each sound in the word and blend to produce the word. Following feedback from the clinician/teacher the learner clicks (computer) or touches (iPad) each button to reveal the spelling patterns for each sound. This model may be used to encourage accurate production of sounds, and also to reinforce phonemic awareness.
- WordSearch: presents a group of words within a word search activity. This is a very flexible model administered to suit the needs and interests of the learner. The clinician/teacher may encourage the learner to say each word out loud, provide feedback about accuracy of sound production, and then allow the learner to complete the word search. To extend the activity, the learner may be encouraged to "sound out" the word as they touch each letter in the word search.
- SmileyMan: this is a "hang-man" like activity where the learner is presented with the alphabet and the number of letters in the target word. This activity is best done following the WordSearch so that the learner has been primed with the group of target words. Alternatively, the WordSearch may be printed to provide additional support when completing the SmileyMan activity. After each word has been completed the learner verbally produces the word and receives feedback from the clinician/teacher about accuracy of sound production.
- MemoryWords: a memory game in which the learner is encourage to verbally produce each word as the on-screen "cards" are flipped over; the goal being to find matching pairs.
- ConnectWords: a "Connect Four" type activity. Many older students enjoy this game as it can be played at different levels of difficulty: either with a partner, or against the computer. As with many eLr activities, this task may be modified to suit the interests of the learner. For example some learners enjoy the challenge of completing the game uninterrupted. In this case verbal production of the words may occur once they have finished the game, eg saying all the words they "won".
As with most eLr tasks, the role of the clinician or support person is central to listen to the learner's responses, provide feedback about accuracy and reinforce learning by providing context for the target words.
The SPA conference in Canberra was a great success. Toni attended many of the presentations, and our small team enjoyed catching up with existing subscribers to eLr and meeting speech pathologists who are new to our resources. During conferences such as this, we appreciate getting your feedback as this enables us to continue to develop materials that support your needs - the ability to access a large range of activities that cover many speech, language and literacy targets, from wherever you may be operating. We look forward to talking with you during this year and to perhaps meeting you at next year's conference in Perth. You may also email us with your feedback and suggestions about existing material and/or ideas for new activities and target areas.
As an occasional feature of this Newsletter, we include simple, unpaid announcements of products developed by other small, independent developers, who, like ourselves, are practising clinicians who have put their ideas and experience into resource materials for general distribution. Links and brief information about these sites may be found at www.elr.com.au/links/developers.htm. To date we have listed -
If you would like your materials listed on this page (at no charge), please contact us.
ELR has a number of free or evaluation files available for downloading directly from our website. Please see www.elr.com.au/downloads.htm for specific details. For other supporting materials and documents available for free download, please see www.elr.com.au/support.htm.
- Products: The current ELR Software - Product Brochure, in PDF format.
- eLr-Offline: Compiled, "mirror" version of the eLr (Extra Language Resources) website which you may download and run on your own PC. Allows access to the eLr Directory and all tasks from locations where regular access to the Internet is not possible.
- eLr Fonts: 19 free symbol fonts as used in many eLr activities. Download the single zip file containing all fonts and install them on your own own computer.
- Build-a-Sentence: An interactive program to strengthen labeling of nouns, verbs and objects and production of 2 & 3 part sentences.
- Word Meanings: Volume One. Trialware, Interactive Language Program designed to build understanding and recall of words by strengthening semantic processing, based on the therapy manual Building Language: Word Meanings by Robyn Dower and Jan Mackey's, Helios Art and Book Co, 1996.
- eLr Directory (Summary): Summary of eLr Directory in print-ready PDF format. Contains all the classification information but no listing of actual tasks and task numbers. (The full version is available only to eLr subscribers.)
- EIA Browser: A specialised Browser for Internet training and access for people with disabilities and other special needs.
- EIA Demonstration: Demonstration of EIA Browser, AAP and Web Tutorial modules to let you see, or show others, how the EIA Browser and its Plugin modules (the AAP and the Web Tutorial) "look and feel".
- Black Window: Enhance visibility and reduce distractibility of other programs. Fills the screen with a black background which remains underneath other programs. Minimize or close the program to restore normal Windows appearance.
- APAR-C: Allows delivery of the APAR (Assessment of Phonological Awareness and Reading) from a computer using either a scan-switch (such as the Discover Switch), or conventional mouse/keyboard, or touchscreen. Also contains all the score sheets and stimulus cards.
- APAR/PDF (zipped): APAR (Assessment of Phonological Awareness and Reading) in print-ready PDF format (zipped). Contains all the score sheets and stimulus cards.
- WordCue Trainer: Installs WordCue and the WordCue Trainer on your computer. WordCue provides assistance in reading words, links and phrases on web pages. By selecting a word or phrase which is difficult to read, a range of cues are provided directly within the MS Internet Explorer Browser
- Literacy Online: Mirror of Literacy Online web site. This is the full (except for external links) set of files (.htm/.js/.css/.gif/.jpg) that constitute the Literacy Online web site.
ELR Software is also able to offer free eLr support and short tutorials over the web. We can provide this sort of support to individuals, or to groups who would like to have an overview of eLr. Please contact us for details.
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