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 -
The June 2016 edition contains 15 new tasks which have been added to "Phonology - Skills and Early Sounds - Diphthong vowel sounds". These tasks continue the work we have done over the past few editions - developing activities to support accurate production of vowel sounds in short CVC words (consonant-vowel-consonant).
The new tasks use the MouthSounds model and target the diphthong vowel sound - /oa/ as in boat. Diphthongs are vowels sounds in which two vowels are blended within one syllable. Diphthong vowel sounds are sometimes described as "gliders" because your mouth glides from one sound to another as you say the sound. For example, when saying /oa/ your mouth changes shape, whereas when saying /or/ (a long vowel sound) you mouth stays the same shape.
The default presentation of this model displays graphic representations of the three sounds, paired with their spelling patterns. In the case of these activities for diphthong vowel sounds, the screen shows two graphic images of a face (one for each consonant sound), and a symbol for the diphthong vowel sound which shows the shape of the mouth for the two sounds which glide together. When using the model, the learner is encouraged to say each sound and blend to produce the target word. Following feedback from the clinician or support person about accuracy of production, the learner may then click a button to change the first sound in the word (eg "foal, roll, hole"), or the last sound in the word (eg "roam, rowed, rope").
The MouthSounds model is designed to be used within interventions for people who have delays or impairments in use of sounds, that is, articulation or expressive phonology disorders.This model includes the option to depict a male or female face for a child or an adult. Hence it may be useful for children with speech sound disorders (eg developmental verbal dyspraxia and hearing impairment), as well as adults who have severe impairments in speech production (eg, people who have verbal dyspraxia following a stroke).
As with all the materials in eLr, we appreciate your feedback - how useful you may have found particular tasks, any suggestions for changes or new materials, and of course, any errors you may notice.
The SPA conference in Perth was a great success. Toni attended many of the sessions, presented a paper "The role of orthographic processing in the development of word reading" and was part of the workshop team that launched the "Clinical guidelines for speech pathologists working in the area of students' literacy". Please contact us for further details about these presentations if you wish.
Our small team enjoyed catching up with existing eLr subscribers 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. You may also email us with your feedback and suggestions about existing material and/or ideas for new activities and target areas.
Our free, regular eLr tutorials (webinars) are continuing. Some sessions are intended primarily for new eLr users, and people just interested in finding out more about what eLr offers. For example, one regular session is called "What is eLr and how do I use it?". Other sessions are intended more for existing subscribers and will target specialized topics such as "How to provide free eLr for home practice" and "eLr and literacy". Please see www.elr.com.au/events for details and to sign up for those which are of interest to you.
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.
- Speech Pathology Australia 2016 National Conference:
Sunday 15th - Wednesday 18th
We will have trade stand #13 at this conference. Contact us for further details
ELR Software also offers regular, free eLr 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 see www.elr.com.au/events for details.
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