Speechland Pro: Frequently Asked Questions
What sort of resources can I
Basically – anything! We only ask that
the resources will be helpful to Speech and Language Therapists!
How should I submit my
Please send them in any Windows PC format
(e.g. Word Document, Publisher, Powerpoint etc) to the email address given
on the "join for free" page.
You may “zip” them up if you wish. Please note that at the present time, we
are unable to accept resources in Boardmaker, Writing with Symbols or Widgit.
What if I haven't got IPA
fonts on my computer?
IPA fonts are freely downloadable from
http://www.phon.ucl.ac.uk/home/wells/fonts.htm, and we would ask that
all IPA fonts submitted are from this source. However, if you cannot run
these fonts on your computer, we will be happy to insert the correct symbols
for you as long as it is clear which symbol you intended to use. Please let
us know that you would like us to do this when you submit your resource.
Should I convert them to PDF
We are happy to do this for you, but are equally pleased if you save us the
time! PDF documents (Portable Document Format) can be opened across a wider
range of platforms and are not dependent upon the user having MS Word
installed for instance. You might be interested to know that you can convert
documents to PDF format for free by downloading the free PDF writer software
at www.cutepdf.com. It basically
installs as a printer driver on your computer, so instead of printing to you
normal printer, you select “cute PDF”, ‘print’ the document and a pdf file
Should I add an explanation to
Yes please. In order that we categorise your resources correctly we would
ask that you include a brief sentence (bullet point) about each one. This
should make it clear for which area of difficulty/ client group it has been
created and any additional information to therapists about how best to use
the resource. Other therapists really appreciate this information and it
makes your contribution much more user-friendly.
What kind of resources will
not be accepted?
We ask that resource submissions for Speechland Pro are of a good quality.
We have to reserve the right to pass judgement about what constitutes ‘good
quality’. In general the following will not be accepted:
poorly laid out worksheets with errors in
resources which refer to a particular
clinic/ name a particular teacher
resources which are clearly derivative of
other published material or infringe copyright regulations
What if my resource(s) are
We will reply as soon as possible to let you know whether your resources
have been verified. If we have to reject a resource, we will explain why and
you will of course have the chance to submit alternatives. If you wish to
cancel your membership application at this point, please let us know and
none of your material will be published. Once all your resources have been
verified, we will upgrade your username, normally within one working day.
Will I own the copyright on my
The copyright on the resources will be transferred to us and it therefore
follows that you must own the copyright in the first place (i.e. it must be
an original resource created by yourself). By submitting the resources to
us, you are agreeing that copyright is transferred to Speechland, and that
you will not submit the resources to other websites without our express
permission. You are of course free to continue using the resources for
personal or educational purpose.
How do I avoid infringing
This can be a difficult and complex question. If you are creating a
completely original piece of writing (e.g. worksheet) there should be no
problem. Inevitably though we receive a number of submissions where
therapists (for well-intentioned reasons) have made use of copyright
material in their work. The following does not constitute any sort of legal
advice, and is merely intended as guidance on the kind of things to avoid:
pictures taken off other websites,
commercial logos, images from films etc
scans of already published material
Can I use clip-art?
Clip-art that is obtained via Microsoft software or through their website is
licensed for use in a context such as resource-creation where the image is
not central to the product. It is obviously not permissible to resell the
clipart or use it in a product where the clipart forms the “primary value”
of the product. It is acceptable, however, to use clipart in a supporting or
Clipart obtained from other websites/software
may be covered by other license agreements and you should familiarise
yourself with these.
What if my question is not
and we’ll be delighted to assist you.