August 2007

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 and Revised eLr Materials
  2. Special Education Expo
  3. Other Independent Developers
  4. Free Downloads
  5. ELR 2007 Calendar

  1. New and Revised eLr Materials

    Nineteen new tasks have been added to "Using Language - Sequences". To accommodate most of these new tasks we have added a new sub-section "Narratives". The names of the existing sub-sections have also been changed to more clearly describe the contents. So now, under "Sequences", there are 3 sub-sections:

    The aim of all the sequencing tasks is to strengthen abilities in the use of specific language, and production of sequences of sentences to describe routines and stories. The model used in all these tasks is ImageSequencer. This model displays a number of pictures on the screen (2 - 8 pictures, depending on the complexity required), and it allows for modifications to vary complexity. By selecting "length" you are able to present 2, 3, or up to 8 pictures in the sequence. To provide repetition you may start by having the client describe the 2 picture sequence. Then repeat the procedure, each time increasing the length of the sequence. This allows for slight increases in difficulty, but also encourages consolidation of the ability to produce descriptive language.

    The new tasks are predominantly in the "Narratives" sub-section. The stories cover themes like 'a picnic that gets rained out', 'a spilt paint episode', 'dropping eggs' and 'a boy who doesn't want to eat his dinner'. There are also some useful additions to "Familiar Routines", eg 'going to the dentist', 'going to the doctor', 'having a hair cut'. These new tasks should provide material to work on:

    We have made some subtle changes to ImageSequencer model. In this model, visual feedback for the selected picture is provided by yellow highlighting . But we've realized that in some of the sequences, the visual feedback for the selected picture was not obvious because the pictures were too dense. We have reviewed all of the sequences and simplified the pictures so that the yellow highlighting (within the picture and on the border) is very clear.

  2. Special Education Expo

    ELR Software had a trade stand and did 2 presentations at the "Making a Difference: A Special Education Expo" in Adelaide earlier this month. As always it was nice to put faces to the names of some of our existing subscribers, and to get feedback and ideas from the many people we met. Our thanks go to the organizers and people who attended the expo.

  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 2007 Calendar

    For non-Australian clients, please contact us so that we can also plan ways to demonstrate how eLr can assist in your service delivery.

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