November 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. Guest Access to eLr
  3. Other Independent Developers
  4. Free Downloads
  5. ELR 2006 Calendar

  1. New eLr Materials

    This month we have returned to "Phonology - Later Sounds", and added 196 new tasks using the MemoryWords model. This was prompted by a specific need I encountered while working with a girl of about 8 years who had fluency problems. I wanted a fun activity, that used words starting with long sounds, and required her to produce single words. Memory would have been perfect, but I realised that we hadn't put this model into the Phonology section. The new MemoryWords tasks use the vocabulary that is in the other word based models in each of the Phonology sections (ie WordSearch, SmileyMan and ConnectWords).

    In each of the "Phonology - Later Sounds" sections there are picture based tasks and word based tasks (for the older clients). The picture based models include games (Spin Pic, MemoryPics, TicTacPic, CluePics), and models that simply present pictures to be named or described (PicCards and Slide show). The PicCards model is a useful one as it enables you to print a grid of pictures that can be cut up into cards, or given as a group of pictures for simple practice. Paper based games can be provided by printing a board game (go to "Activity Toolbox - Scene Library - game boards"), and a set of pictures that contain the target sound. If your client has a more complex phonological disorder, you can select specific vocabulary by using the PhonPic Tool in the "Activity Toolbox". The word based models are included so that clients who can read but require articulation or phonological therapy, can access activities that are a little more challenging. The ConnectWords game has been very well received by the older students. This model is like the well known "Connect 4 game", with a few differences to make it better suited for words for therapy. In all tasks the "?" at the top right hand corner provides directions on how to use the model, and also tips about how to extend and expand the activity.

  2. Guest Access to eLr

    The "Guest Access" mechanism is an integral part of our original concept for eLr. It allows clients of any eLr subscribers to login to the website and complete recommended tasks free of charge. We've recently had cause to examine the usage logs of the eLr website from which were are able to extract broad usage statistics. Since we commenced eLr in February 2000, more than 55,000 "Guest" sessions have occurred, each using an average of about 6-7 tasks. Of these, more than 12,000 sessions have occurred in the first 9 months of this year, so the usage continues to grow.

    There are 2 ways to provide your clients with "Guest Access" - the Program Goals Sheet (a paper based method), or the Session Planner (computer generated). The Program Goals Sheet can be found in the "Support" area. Print it and write the task numbers (along with any specific instructions you may have), and your User ID. The computer generated Session Planner was developed because it's faster and can complete much of the form for you. To use the Session Planner, select the tasks from the Directory by clicking the check box. Then open the Session Planner, choose "Edit", and follow the instructions. The process involves typing in the client details, typing in goals, and then selecting the chosen tasks that go with each goal. The completed Goals sheet may then be printed and given to the clients. Instructions at the bottom of the sheet guide the client about how to log on and select their tasks. This "home practice" is a great way to include families in the therapy process.

  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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