April 2006

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) 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 -

  1. Build-a-Sentence - our new Program
  2. New eLr Materials
  3. Other Independent Developers
  4. Free Downloads
  5. ELR 2006 Calendar

  1. Build-a-Sentence - our new Program

    We will be launching a new computer program at the forthcoming Speech Pathology Australia national conference in Fremantle this May. It is called Build-A-Sentence and is being jointly developed by speech pathologists Virginia Long and Helen Goltzoff, and ELR Software.

    It is a simple, highly visual program, very easy to use, with interesting and colourful graphics of people, animals and objects. Spoken reinforcement of the words and sentences is also available. A games component has been included especially for young children to keep them interested and entertained while they practise naming and sentence building.

    Build-A-Sentence starts at a very basic level and teaches labelling using one word - "Boy", "running", "park" etc. It then moves on to simple two word combinations of subject-verb and verb-object such "Girl jumping", "Eating icecream" etc. This follows on to three word combinations and provides the building blocks for building simple grammatical sentences, such as "The man is walking to the shops", "The cat is eating a fish" etc.

    Build-A-Sentence may be used with children and adults and can be used successfully with most individuals and groups for example:-

    We look forward to showing you this program if you are attending the conference. Otherwise we will be discussing it further in future newsletters, and will be placing more information on our website soon.

  2. New eLr Materials

    There are 30 new tasks this month and 1 new model. The tasks are all in the "Using Language" section, "Problem solving and inferencing". This is the new section that was opened in the March edition of eLr. The aim of the subsection is to provide materials that help strengthen a range of skills, depending on the goals of therapy. These may include development of the ability to:

    The model that was used last month is the SpinWord model. This model presents the activity within a game format, and so is primarily geared towards the paediatric population. In the SpinWord model, a scene is depicted on the screen with a simple game board surrounding the scene. At each turn, the client clicks the spinner button, then clicks the Quiz button and responds to the question before moving the marker around the game board. The role of the clinician or helper is to model or expand the client's response using strategies that are consistent with the goals of therapy. For example, if the goal is to improve the ability to respond with grammatically correct sentences, the clinician would model correct grammatical structures. If the goal is to increase use of specific vocabulary, modeling appropriate vocabulary or discussing alternative responses will expand the client's ability to use increasingly flexible language.

    This month we have developed a new model which is more appropriate for the older paediatric and adult populations. The model is called SceneQuizer. It allows for two different presentations of the same content that is presented in the SpinWord activities. The idea of this model is to present the activities using a "catchy" display (an animated "robotic machine" button), as well as allowing for a less complicated and more bland presentation (plain forward and back buttons). In the default setting the "problem scene" is displayed on the screen, and the client clicks the robot "Go" button to get each prompt or question. The clinician or helper provides support and models strategies as outlined above. The robot machine can be switched off for the less complicated presentation of the prompts.

    There are different levels of difficulty in this section.

    We hope these activities are useful, and we'd love feedback about the questions and prompts that have been included so far. Also, if you have any ideas for other scenarios, pleas email us, and we will try to include them in later editions of eLr.

  3. Other Independent Developers

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. ELR 2006 Calendar

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