September 2005

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), Rude Readers, Word Meanings 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. Changed and New eLr Materials
  2. Mum's Bum - Featured Rude Reader
  3. Free Downloads
  4. ELR 2005 Calendar

  1. Changed and New eLr Materials

    This month brings new functions and changes which are a little bit more extensive than our usual "new and changed tasks", and we apologize fro the delay in finalizing this edition.

    Changed - eLr Loader revised

    The "eLr Loader" (the page that contains the eLr Directory) now looks quite different. Previously, when you logged in as a "Registered user" and were taken to this page you could see the Directory, Quick Loader etc placed down a longish, scrolling page. This month we have added a new function to this page called "Session Planner" (described below) which made the page even longer. So to make it more accessible it has been divided into sections, each having a button to "show" or "hide" them. This means you are able to see where everything is on the page, and can more easily go from one section to another. For example, if you are working in the Directory, and want to go to Session Planner, you can "hide" the whole Directory with one click and "show" the Session Planner section (by clicking the [Show/Hide section] buttons) . When you go back to the Directory, it will be as you left it.

    New - "Session Planner" and "Program Goals Editor"

    Two new functions have been added to allow "Registered users" to more efficiently provide home or school practice activities for your clients. These new mechanisms eliminate the need to physically write the eLr numbers and so on. Previously, providing such a "Program Goals sheet" required you to use a blank "Program Goals" form (located in the Support area) and write down the client details and specific goals with appropriate task numbers. At any of these steps, errors could occur and it took quite a bit of time. I have wished that I could perform this function quicker and easily reuse some of the comments and suggestions I'd written for previous clients. These new functions fulfill many of these wishes ... and more.

    You are now able to go into the Directory, select any tasks that are suitable for a particular client, type in any comments or special instructions, and immediately print a fully detailed Program Goals sheet. To explain and understand the mechanism it may be thought of as a three stage process -

    There is still more to come in this area - the current mechanisms only generate "Program Goals - Guest User" sheets ie for "Unregistered users" who will use the free Guest access. Next month we hope to have completed an extension to allow similar production for "Program Goals - Registered users". As usual feedback will be very welcome. Please let us know how these new functions suit your needs, and any refinements you'd like to see.

  2. Mum's Bum - Featured Rude Reader

    Mum's Bum (Volume 5) aims to teach two ways of expressing possession in English - "a hen for Ben" and "Ben's hen". Rhyme is used to make it interesting and the illustrations cue the child to 'read' the story. The same structure is used for all 16 pages eg ball/Paul - "a ball for Paul"/"Paul's ball". There are 34 words in this Rude Reader - 32 nouns, one determiner "a", and one preposition "for". The syntax is at LARSP Stage II with one Stage IV structure NP Prep NP - "a lion for Ryan".

  3. Free Downloads

    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.

  4. ELR 2005 Calendar

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