February 2011

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), Build-a-Sentence, Word Meanings, Rude Readers 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 this Month
  2. Win an Apple iPad!
  3. Other Independent Developers
  4. Free Downloads
  5. ELR 2011 Calendar

  1. New eLr Materials this Month

    There are 59 new tasks in "Phonology - Later Sounds", using the new model, LadderPics (based on Snakes and Ladders), and also an old favourite, SpinPics (a board game with "spinner"). We are doing a review of "Phonology - Later Sounds" to ensure that there are a range of games at each level of every sound. This month we have focused on /k, g, f, v, s, z/.

    The two Phonology sections ("Phonology - Later Sounds", and "Phonology - Skills and Early Sounds") provide activities to practise use of speech sounds. They are organized in a traditional, sound by sound approach, covering all of the consonants of English, /p, b, t, d, m, n, ng, w, h, k, g, f, v,s, z, sh, zh, j, y, l, r, th (voiced and voiceless)/, and blends with /s, l, and r/.

    For each sound there are activities to practise the sound by itself (in isolation), in short syllables, in the initial, final, and medial positions of words, and in phrases and sentences. There are graded levels of difficulty appropriate to each sound. For all sounds, there are tasks for "Consonant-Vowel-Consonant", "Single Syllable" and "Multisyllabic Words".

  2. Win an Apple iPad!

    If you've missed previous announcements, we are running a draw for an Apple iPad! The purpose is to help us celebrate the 10 year anniversary of eLr, and to thank the many people who've supported us over the years. Results will be drawn and announced at the Speech Pathology Australia 2011 National Conference in Darwin, June 26th-29th 2011.

    We've already had a good number of entries, and some very valuable comments. The entry form (see below) asks that you leave us comments about "What do you like", "What would you like to see changed" and "What would you like to see added" to eLr. Next month we'll have a web page listing some of these comments because many of them raise issues and solutions that other users may relate to.

    To be eligible for the draw, you must have a current eLr subscription on 1st of July 2011. So any new subscribers in 2011 will be automatically eligible, as will current subscribers with an expiry date of July 2011 or later. Current subscribers whose subscriptions expire before June 2011 will also be eligible if they renew at any time before the draw. If you have a multiuser subscription, all those covered by the subscription may individually enter.

    Entries are open until June 28th 2011. To enter the draw, you must fill out and submit the electronic form at www.elr.com.au/ipad.htm. Or you can phone us on (03) 5156 8309 to give us your details. Good luck!

  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 2011 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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