June 2002

Newsletter of ELR Software Pty Ltd

ABN 67 090 738 702

ELR Software Pty Ltd combines the skills of speech pathology and computer programming. We produce software in the fields of Internet access for people with disabilities, and specific speech pathology resource material. We have also been involved in consultancy to clinicians and research projects in the fields of literacy and accessibility issues with the Internet.

The aim of this newsletter is to inform you of developments and changes to our major products eLr (Extra Language Resources) 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) is available online at www.elr.com.au/news and an email version is sent monthly to members of our mailing list (See Subscribing/Unsubscribing).

In this issue -

  1. ELR Software Workshops/Demonstrations
  2. Rude Readers - A closer look
  3. New eLr Materials
  4. Free Downloads
  5. ELR 2002 Calendar

  1. ELR Software Workshops/Demonstrations

    In the last 2 weeks of July 2002, we will be in Sydney and Brisbane, and have organised five workshops. Two workshops are in Sydney ("Speech Pathology Services" - Caringbah, and "Lindfield Speech Pathology & Learning Centre" - Lindfield), and three in the Brisbane area (Caboolture Library, Ipswich Library, and at the Diana Plaza Hotel in Brisbane). (See specific details at the end of this Newsletter

    We welcome any current subscribers to eLr (Extra Language Resources) who would like to meet with us, and any other person who is interested in eLr or the other new products which we have developed jointly with other clinicians.

    The workshops will focus on our four main products:

    We enjoy meeting with clinicians and people interested in the work we are doing. It is a good opportunity to get feedback, and to discuss other applications and the "wish list" of ideas which would assist in the general area of speech, language and literacy.

  2. Rude Readers - A closer look

    Rude Readers by John Fisher and ELR Software Pty Ltd is close to completion (see www.elr.com.au/readers/index.htm for an early preview of what's to come). We have tested these readers out on a few of our colleagues, and their reactions have confirmed that the humour in the text and graphics will attract the attention and enthusiasm of young children - "Enjoy fist, and then learn".

    Volumes 1 & 2 will be released within the next month. Each volume contains 5 readers, which can be read on screen, or printed out in colour or sketch version. Below are more complete descriptions of the titles in the first 2 volumes.

    Hot Snot
    A grotty story of Dot smearing snot everywhere.
    A simple version of the traditional story in the past tense.
    A Boy Has A Penis
    A boy asks people if they have a penis.
    Spit Spit Spat
    In three-line rhymes the child gets strange gifts from aunts and uncles who have strange names.
    Zoo Dads
    Two kids find increasingly funny similarities between their dads and zoo animals.
    Where Are You?
    A simple count to ten story where the questions and answers rhyme.
    Three Little Pigs
    Traditional story in simplified syntax.
    Party Dog
    The dog eats everything at the party, vomits and rolls in the mixed-up foods.
    Ten Naughty Ninjas
    The Ninjas get closer and fewer. The child's concern gets the usual adult responses.
    The Sofa did a Fart
    My brother stuffs his dinner in the sofa and a week later... Phew!

  3. New eLr Materials

    50 new tasks have been added to the Directory for the June edition of eLr.

    In Reading and Spelling, 37 "WordSearch" activities have been added to the Prefixes and Suffixes, Word Patterns and Silent Letters sub sections. Most students enjoy these activities. A tip to remember is that each task can be presented in a variety of ways by clicking the "back arrow". This rearranges the words, so that you have a new puzzle with the same vocabulary.

    In Reading and Spelling, 13 "MultiWord Slideshow" tasks have been added to the Diphthong Digraph sub sections. These acitivites are aimed at decoding real and non words. The student is presented with 4 words, and has to select which is the real word.

  4. Free Downloads

    For other supporting materials and documents available for free download, please see www.elr.com.au/support.htm.

  5. ELR 2002 Calendar

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