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 and Word Meanings. 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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We have finally completed a long-promised update of all (almost 1,200) PCS (Picture Communication Symbols from Mayer-Johnson) used within eLr. The new symbols have "cleaner" lines and are often slightly less ambiguous. For the most part we've simply made direct substitutions, but the new image set offered many more choices so "people" symbols especially (such as man, woman, boy, girl etc) now use more natural looking characters.
We know this update was long overdue, and apologise to those users who've patiently informed us of the "awkwardness" of some of the symbols we've previously used. As brief background, eLr began in 2001 using the Australian COMPIC pictographs, which some of you may remember, and in subsequent years we offered a choice of COMPIC and/or PCS, Finally COMPIC was removed as an eLr choice but the programming compromises we'd made to ensure roughly comparable images for both persisted until this revision.
eLr continues to rely heavily on PCS for pictographic representation of many items and concepts because these symbols are widely used in the world of speech and language therapy. We now have the potential of using a large range of new PCS pictograph choices. If you happen to come across an image which you think could be better represented, we'd appreciate hearing from you.
From January 1st 2017 we have made 2 changes to our subscription processes which affect eLr subscribers.
If you have any questions about these changes and their implementation, or the automatic updating process, please contact us.
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 offers regular, free eLr 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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