October 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. New eLr Materials
  2. "Animal Power" and eLr User ID's
  3. Other Independent Developers
  4. Free Downloads
  5. ELR 2006 Calendar

  1. New eLr Materials

    28 new tasks have been added to "Sentence Processing - Multi-clause sentences". These tasks provide material for clients to practice using 5 conjunctions, "instead of", "unless", "who", "that", "which". The model used is Typing with phrases. This task requires the client to "rearrange the phrases or words" to make a sentence. However, the model enables you to present the material in a flexible manner to suit your specific goals and client skills, and also to extend the task.

    The task appears on the screen as a rearranging phrases activity. The sentence is divided into phrases. A prompt may be provided, if the client has difficulty reading (click "Prompt" and the completed sentence appears). The client can then rearrange phrases as a word matching activity. Some clients like to use the prompt to read the sentence, then click the prompt away, and rearrange the phrases or words by remembering the sentence. This reinforces decoding skills. Once the client has completed the task as a "rearranging phrases", the challenged can be increased by selecting "word", and then the task is presented as a "rearranging words" activity. The task can be extended so that the understanding of "parts of a sentence" can be taught.

    1. Have the client look for all the "action words" (verbs), then all the "actors" (subjects). Write the verbs and subjects down, so they start to understand different roles in a sentence.
    2. Once the verbs have been identified, the individual clauses can be isolated. Have the client verbally make the 2 or 3 short sentences that make up the complex sentence (ie without the conjunction). They may then write these sentences and work out how to join them together in different ways to make complex sentences.
    3. You could have them use some different conjunctions to join the short sentences, and talk about how the meaning changes with different conjunctions. Encourage use of more sophisticated conjunctions.
    4. Look for describing words, and discuss whether they describe people, things, or actions. This leads to a discussion of adjectives and adverbs.

    These tasks focus on conjunctions. Some of the tasks present short sentences with 2 clauses, and other provide practice with sentences that have more than 3 clauses. Language flexibility and the ability to use complex sentences is increased by encouraging the client to make as many different sentences as possible.

  2. "Animal Power" and eLr User ID's

    The eLr User ID's are in the form "abc123" and for some combinations there has been confusion, eg between the letter "l" and one, the letter "o" and zero etc. And over the phone "v/b", "m/n" and so on may also be misheard. We get a number of support requests where the user can't logon and this is quite often the problem.

    In an effort to clarify this, and make them easier to remember and to tell clients, we've begun including a mnemonic in the letters and forms we provide with eLr. Rather than use the rather military "alpha bravo charlie" style, we've used an animal alphabet, so for example "abc" would use "ant bear cow" and "lio" would use "lion insect octopus". For all except the letter "x" we were able to find an animal, so "x" uses "xray".

    Please encourage your clients and parents to use this memory support when you are telling them how to use eLr Guest access.

  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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