March 2008

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. eLr in the United Kingdom
  3. eLr in in New Zealand
  4. Other Independent Developers
  5. Free Downloads
  6. ELR 2008 Calendar

  1. New eLr Materials

    Forty-two new tasks have been added to "Reading and Spelling" - "Verb tense endings". These additions are a continuation of the fairly major review of this section that began last edition. The new tasks are all in the "irregular" verb tense section, and use the WordChanger and List matching models. The List matching model provides a clear demonstration of how the spelling changes for the different verb tenses. The client clicks on a target verb then selects the matching verb from a list. The WordChanger model is a sentence based activity and shows verb tense changes within a sentence context. The client reads the sentence, and then clicks on the verb to see the verb change tense. These tasks provide a great way to promote discussion about the subtle change in meaning when verb tense is modified. It promotes the meta-skills of talking about language and sentences.

  2. eLr in the United Kingdom

    This month we'll be in the UK for the ASLTIP conference on Saturday March 8th (Association of Speech Language Therapists in Independent Practice), and we are also holding a series of free introductory workshops (see Calendar below). Feel free to contact us if you would like to host a workshop, as we still have some flexibility in our timetable.

  3. eLr in New Zealand

    ELR Software has a trade stand at the "Reflecting Connections" conference in Auckland, New Zealand, between 25th and 29th May. This is a jont conference of Speech Pathology Australia and the New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists Association. Our exhibition space is #21. So, come by, have a chat, and look at our software.

    Our main product is eLr (Extra Language Resources) - a large computer program targeting Phonology, Phonological Awareness, Reading and Spelling, Semantics, and Using Language. eLr is available from wherever you are. It is on the web and can also be installed on your computer, or travel with you on your flash drive or the eLr-Offline CD. It now has almost 10,000 activities, and enables you to provide your clients with free guest access to the web site, so they can complete home or school based practice.

    Word Meanings is an interactive computer program to build understanding and recall of words by strengthening semantic processing. It is based on the therapy manual "Building Language", and was developed jointly with speech pathologists Jan Mackay and Robin Dower.

    Build-a-Sentence is an interactive program to strengthen labelling of nouns, verbs and objects, and production of 2 & 3 part sentences. It was developed jointly with speech pathologists Helen Goltzoff and Virginia Long.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. ELR 2008 Calendar

    ELR Software is now able to offer eLr support and short tutorials over the web. We can provide this sort of support to individuals, or to groups who would like to have an overview of eLr. Please contact us for details.

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