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).
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A total of 75 new tasks have been added in this edition: 55 in "Phonology - Skills and Early Sounds", and 20 in "Phonology - Later Sounds".
The tasks in "Phonology - Skills and Early Sounds" are word based activities targeting /p, b, t, d/ sounds in the final position of words. Previously there have been only picture based activities in this section, so these tasks are more appropriate for older learners who have speech sound disorders. The task name provides information about the difficulty level of the task. The easiest level are those word sets which involve an early developing sound in the initial position, for example, in words such as "mad" and "wet" all sounds are within the early developing sounds, whereas in words such as "rat" and "coat", the /r/ and /k/ sound are later developing sounds.
The new tasks in "Phonology - Later Sounds" respond to the suggestion of a subscriber who requested activities for words with /s/ blends in the middle of words (eg pasta, crystal). All of these tasks are in the /st/ subsection. They have been organised according to level of difficulty, starting with words with a final open syllable (eg pasta, sister), progressing to words with a closed final syllable (eg costume, disturb), and finally to words with more than two syllables (mastery, destiny), or with a complex /s/ blend (eg mostly, bistro).
Five models are used in these new tasks: WordSearch, SmileyMan (a "hangman" type game), MemoryWords, ConnectWords (a "connect 4" type game), and Word sound buttons (an activity that encourages the learner to say each sound in the word and blend the sounds to produce the word). This range of models provides repetition, for example, the learner may start one set of words using the WordSearch (to familiarise themselves with the words), then do the SmileyMan (where they are encouraged to recall the words), followed by the MemoryWords, and so on.
Tasks within these Phonology sections are best completed following the assessment and continued guidance of a speech pathologist. This ensures that the targets are appropriate for the learner, that evidence based strategies are employed, and that progress is monitored to ensure that the learner experiences success. Additionally, as these tasks aim to improve speech production, the role of the clinician or support person is central to listen to the learner's responses, provide feedback about accuracy, and reinforce learning by providing context for the target words.
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.
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.
ELR Software is also able to offer free 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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