January 2022

Newsletter of ELR Software Pty Ltd

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Web: https://www.elr.com.au
Email: news@elr.com.au
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ELR Software produces 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) 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).

Season's Greetings, and we wish you all a safe and happy new year. And special thanks to all to have provided us feedback - always helpful!

In this issue -

  1. Updates in eLr
  2. Finding Out More
  3. Other Independent Developers
  4. Free Downloads
  5. ELR 2022 Calendar

  1. Updates in in eLr

  2. This month, 19 tasks have been added to "Reading and Spelling - Early skills" in the "Most frequent words" section. The WordSound Buttons model was used and we've covered the first 4 out of 7 levels in the "first 100 words" sub-section. This model presents one word at a time on the screen and the learner is encouraged to click and sound out each letter-sound, then blend the sounds to read the word. This process, referred to as phonological recoding (decoding), has been shown to be an essential step in the formation of clear mental images of words (orthographic representations), leading to automatic word recognition.

    In these updated levels, it is now possible to begin a session with a phonological recoding activity (WordSoundButtons) and then use a matching range of models to provide repetition and consolidation of automatic word recognition - reading words by sight. The WordSearch model encourages further sounding out and blending to read each word; LookThenCover and SmileyMan support recall of spelling patterns; and MemoryWords and ConnectWords provide fun activities to consolidate automatic recognition of previously decoded words. In future updates we'll be adding this option to the other word groupings in this section.

    As with all eLr materials, an interactive session with an instructor is an essential component of early word reading and spelling development. It allows the student to receive feedback about accuracy of decoding and encoding, and enables word reading development to occur within a rich oral language environment.

    We welcome your feedback about these tasks and any aspect of eLr, as well as your suggestions about additions and modifications to eLr.

  3. Finding Out More

  4. Here are a few ways to find out about how to use eLr and to be aware of the new tasks and any changes to the way eLr operates.

    Go to www.elr.com.au/showme to view our short instructional videos. These are grouped as "Clinical insights" which cover oral language, speech sound disorders, and literacy intervention areas; "How to ..." which outlines the process of providing free home practice for your clients, and "Some of the eLr models" which are short snippets showing how to use some of the eLr models (activity types).

    We also run regular free webinars to assist any individuals or groups who'd like learn (or share) more information. For a current listing with registration details of available webinars, please see www.elr.com.au/support/events.htm

    You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and Pinterest to see our regular posts which alert you to new and updated material, and show quick snippets of activity types with links to our free trial offer www.elr.com.au/tryme.

  5. Other Independent Developers

  6. 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.

  7. Free Downloads

  8. 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.

  9. ELR 2022 Calendar

  10. ELR Software offers 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. We are also offering free Coviu sessions to allow clinicians to get a feel for teletherapy, and in particular the advantages of using eLr for Coviu. Please contact us for details.

    For a current listing of available webinars, please see www.elr.com.au/support/events.htm

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