April 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 in New Zealand
  3. Other Independent Developers
  4. Free Downloads
  5. ELR 2008 Calendar

  1. New eLr Materials

    This month 72 new tasks have been added to "Reading and Spelling", in the "Diphthong vowel sounds" section. All of the tasks use the MemoryWords model. This model is particularly effective in providing practice at automatic recognition of words. When the task loads, the words are arranged in a predictable layout. By selecting "shuffle" and clicking "reset" (the double back arrows), the cards are shuffled or re-shuffled. Task difficulty can be modified by adjusting the number of pairs. Print the screen, cut up the cards, and you then have a paper based memory game, providing opportunity for repetition. This model complements some of the other models in the "Reading and Spelling" section, such as LookThenCover, WordSearch, SmileyMan, and ConnectWords.

  2. eLr in New Zealand

    Plans are well underway for the "Reflecting Connections" conference in New Zealand, between 25th and 29th May. Come and visit us at our exhibition space - stand 21. It's great to catch up with current subscribers, and also to meet new clinicians. We usually get a lot of feedback at such conferences, which helps us plan new sections in eLr. eLr (Extra Language Resources) is our main program, which covers a large range of target areas (Phonology, Phonological Awareness, Reading and Spelling, Semantics, and Using Language). Word Meanings is designed to strengthen semantic processing, based on the cognitive neuropsychology model of language processing. Build-a-Sentence is our newest program, designed to strengthen production of 2 and 3 part sentences. We look forward to seeing you in New Zealand.

  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 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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