November 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. Downloading and Installing eLr-Offline
  3. Other Independent Developers
  4. Free Downloads
  5. ELR 2008/2009 Calendar

  1. New eLr Materials

    This month we have added an Articulation Screener located in the "User Guides & Screening Tools" section. It consists of 7 tasks, the first 4 of which use the Slide Show model. These are designed to have the client say 43 single words covering all consonants, vowels and diphthongs, and a range of consonant blends. The remaining 3 tasks use the Drag Central model which is a fun way to encourage the client to use spontaneous speech as they drag icons onto a central picture. You may then print the picture and continue to chat informally, observing their use of speech sounds in spontaneous speech.

    A response form for this "Articulation Screener" is available in PDF format which may be printed and used to document the results of the screening. The response form consists of 3 pages. On page 1 you can transcribe the sounds produced by the client. Page 2 is is to record your observations of their use of sounds in spontaneous speech. Page 3 has a table with the sounds listed so you can analyse error patterns and percentage correct.

    The "Screening Tools" section was introduced as a new feature of eLr last month. Over the years we have had frequent requests for a way to screen the various communication and literacy skills. The results of our different screeners will also guide you to the areas in eLr that may be used to strengthen skills. Please feel free to give us feedback and comments about these tools, or any other area in eLr.

  2. Downloading and Installing eLr-Offline

    eLr-Offline is the "compiled" version of eLr which may be run as a standalone program on a Windows style computer without requiring internet access. A new version is generated towards the end of each month as new materials are added to eLr, and subscribers (depending on the type of subscription) are mailed the then current version on a CD every 6 months.

    An installation program containing the current version is also kept on our website and anyone can download and install this. If you are a current subscriber and have previously installed eLr-Offline from one of our CDs, then this download will update your installed program. If you are not a current subscriber, then the same download will install an "unregistered" version for your evaluation.

    If you'd like to try this, here is a few quick overview of the process. If you're not familiar with downloading and installing programs from the web it would probably help to have some experienced assistance the first time or two. The steps are -

    It's usually not necessary to uninstall each old version, but if you find that you are treated as an "Unregistered User" try an "uninstall" followed by a "re-install". If your need more information or help troubleshooting, please feel free to cantact us.

  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 2008/2009 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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