NBASLH National Speech-Language Pathology Exam Review Course - We have shifted the focus of this session to a virtual conference

Register now for our next session - October 30-November 1

An Intensive Review for the Examination for Speech-Language Pathology

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About the National Speech-Language Pathology Exam Review Course

The National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing (NBASLH) is sponsoring its Annual Review Course in preparation for the Praxis II Examination in Speech-Language Pathology. The course has been sponsored since 1988 and is taught by an outstanding faculty of scholars who are experts and/or certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists.

The Intensive Review for the Examination was designed to target the topic areas identified by the Educational Testing Service Praxis Series as being the content included on the examination.

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Past Instructors


Sheila Bridges-Bond, PhD, CCC-SLP
North Carolina Central University
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Dr. Sheila Bridges‐Bond is an associate professor in the Communication Disorders Program at North Carolina Central University. She is the director of the Program’s Cultural Response Early Intervention and Adult Assistive Technology Training (CREAATT), specialty tract that prepares students as specialists in cultural and linguistic diversity (CLD) and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Dr. Bridges-­‐Bond is a fellow of the American Speech-­‐Language-­‐Hearing Association and has served on numerous local and national professional boards and committees including NBASLH, USSAAC, and ASHA. Her areas of research, scholarship and teaching are in AAC, CLD, and global issues.

Charles Ellis, PhD, CCC-SLP
East Carolina University
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Dr. Charles Ellis Jr., PhD is a Professor and the Director of Doctoral Education in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at East Carolina University (ECU). Dr. Ellis is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist who received his Bachelor of Science and Master’s degree from The University of Georgia, Athens, GA. and Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Dr. Ellis’ academic concentration focuses on adult neurogenic disorders and he teaches courses related to aphasia and cognitive disorders. He leads the Communication Equity and Outcomes Laboratory where his research is designed to understand outcomes associated with adult neurologically based disorders of communication and factors that contribute to the lack of equity in service provision and outcome disparities that exist among African Americans and other underrepresented minority groups. Dr. Ellis has authored or co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed journals articles, two book chapters and has over 100 presentations to his credit related to Parkinson’s disease, stroke, traumatic brain injury, and health disparities and minority health issues. Dr. Ellis is the Editor of the Journal of the National Black Speech and Hearing Association and was a Language Editor for the Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Research 2017-2018. Dr. Ellis was awarded the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Certificate of Recognition for Special Contribution in Multicultural Affairs in 2011. In 2014 he awarded Fellowship of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).

Robin C. Gillespie, PhD, CCC-SLP
North Carolina Central University
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Dr. Robin C. Gillespie is a clinical supervisor/instructor in the Department of Communication Disorders at North Carolina Central University. She has taught and team‐taught several courses in the department including dysphagia, observation, intro to speech pathology and augmentative communication. Her research interests include culturally responsive supervision, teaching, research and service delivery in the discipline of speech- language pathology. She currently serves as the supervising clinician for a charter school in Durham, North Carolina.

Iris A. Johnson-­‐Arnold, PhD, CCC-SLP
Tennessee State University
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Dr. Iris Johnson Arnold is an associate professor within the Department of Speech‐Language Pathology and Audiology at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from South Carolina State University and her doctorate from The University of Memphis. Currently, she is lead coordinator for Academically Speaking, a university initiative aimed at improving communication in the college classroom.

Jay R. Lucker, EdD, CCC-A/SLP, FAAA
Howard University – Washington, DC
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Dr. Lucker is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Howard University. He teaches the undergraduate Speech and Hearing Science class as well as master’s and doctoral-level research courses including doctoral research design and quantitative analysis. His research interests and clinical work focus on all aspects of auditory processing disorders, but he works with doctoral students at Howard on their research design and analyses as they work on research projects and their dissertation.

Lindsay Meyer-Turner, PhD, CCC-SLP
HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood
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Lindsay Meyer Turner, PhD, CCC-SLP, CNT worked at Baton Rouge General for five years in an outpatient pediatric clinic while receiving training and work experience in a Level III NICU. After receiving training and working collaboratively with a multidisciplinary NICU team, Dr. Turner gained employment at HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood in Kingwood, TX where she works full-time in a Level III NICU. She has expertise in pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders and is responsible for the establishment of several programs and initiatives revolving around neurobehavioral development, oral feeding, and parent involvement. Her current research is centered on increasing the use of neuroprotective strategies, establishment of cue-based feeding protocols, promoting language nutrition, and describing the feeding skills of infants of diabetic mothers. Dr. Turner received a master’s degree and doctoral degree from Louisiana State University in Communication Sciences and Disorders, a master’s degree in Elementary Education from Southern University and A&M College, and bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Millsaps College. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is a Board Certified Neonatal Therapist (Neonatal Therapy National Certification Board). Dr. Turner participated in ASHA’s Minority Student Leadership Program in 2010 and was an invited speaker at NBASLH in 2017.

LaToya Roberts, M.S., CCC-SLP
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Ms. LaToya Roberts is a certified member of ASHA and the owner of PASS, LLC, in Atlanta, GA. Her professional experience includes an extensive work history in schools, hospitals, nursing facilities, and private practice. She is currently the coordinator of the 2020 Comprehensive Speech-Language Pathology Review Course. She received her BS from Delta State University and MS from Southern University A & M College. Ms. Roberts has served as a graduate student supervisor for Georgia State University and Nova Southeastern University. She is dedicated to assisting universities in improving their success rates on the Praxis examination.

Tommie L. Robinson, Jr., PhD, CCC-SLP
Children’s National Medical Center
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Tommie L. Robinson, Jr., PhD, CCC-SLP is director of the Scottish Rite Center for Childhood Language Disorders in the Children's Hearing and Speech Center at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC, and is an associate professor of pediatrics at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He specializes in communication disorders in children, with a specific focus on children who stutter. Dr. Robinson's research and writings have focused on normal fluency behaviors in children and adults, as well as service delivery to children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Dr. Robinson holds adjunct professorships with Howard University, the University of the District of Columbia, and Longwood University, and has presented widely at the local, regional, and national levels. Dr. Robinson teaches courses in stuttering and diagnostics.

Dr. Robinson has served on various ASHA boards and committees. He has served as ASHA president (2010), vice president for quality of service in speech-language-pathology (2005–2007), on the Board of Ethics, Council on Professional Standards, and Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, Committee on Nominations and Elections, Honors Committee, and Clinical Certification Board. He was selected co-chair for the Program Committee of the 2002 ASHA Convention held in Atlanta, Georgia. He was also an ASHA legislative councilor representing the District of Columbia in 1994–2004. In 1998, Dr. Robinson was elected a Fellow of ASHA, one of its highest honors. Dr. Robinson was the 2003 chair of the ASHA Honors Committee.

He served on the board of directors of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing (NBASLH) and served as the co-chair of the Program Committee for their 1999 and 2000 conventions. Dr. Robinson also served as secretary of the Specialty Board on Fluency Disorders and has been a board-recognized fluency specialist since 2000.

Dr. Robinson received his AA degree from Coahoma Community College in Clarksdale, Mississippi, BA and MS degrees from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, and his PhD degree from Howard University.

Byron Ross, PhD, CCC-SLP
University of Houston
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Dr. Byron Ross is an instructional associate professor at the University of Houston where he teaches Introduction to communication disorders, speech and language development, and speech and language disorders. His research interests include pragmatic language disorders in children, adolescents, and young adults with autism spectrum disorders, and intervention techniques using augmentative/alternative communication. He received his BS and MS from the University of Central Arkansas in speech-language pathology, and his PhD from the University of Nebraska‐Lincoln in communication sciences and disorders.

Keena Seward, PhD, CCC-SLP
3L Therapy Solutions, LLC
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Dr. Keena Seward is dually certified as an audiologist and speech-language pathologist. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Hampton University, a doctorate in clinical audiology (Au.D.) from the University of Maryland, College Park and a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from CUNY Lehman College. Her professional experience includes adjunct teaching at various universities, working as an audiologist in clinical, research, and educational settings, and providing speech-language therapy to patients with a variety of disorders in educational and outpatient settings. Additionally, she has a private practice that provides pediatric therapy to children with a variety of speech, language, and literacy needs.

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National Speech-Language Pathology Exam Review Course Schedule At-A-Glance




 FRIDAY, October 30, 2020  8:00am-4:00pm EST
 8:00-8:15am PRAXIS Basics Ms. LaToya Roberts
 8:15-9:45am Motor Speech Disorder Dr. Gloriajean Wallace
 9:45-10:45am Social Aspects of Communication Dr. Byron Ross
 10:45-11:00am Break  
 11:00am-12:30pm Cognitive Aspects of Communication Dr. Charles Ellis
 12:30-1:30pm Lunch  
 1:30-2:30pm Approaches to Assessment and Evaluation Ms. Lauren Hastings
 2:30-3:30pm Treatment Planning and Intervention Ms. Roshonda Epps
 3:30-4:00pm Test Strategies Ms. LaToya Roberts
 SATURDAY, October 31, 2020 8:00am-5:15pm EST  
 8:00-9:30am Speech Sound Production Dr. Iris Johnson-Arnold
 9:30-10:30am Receptive and Expressive Language Dr. Iris Johnson-Arnold
 10:30-10:45am Break  
 10:45-11:45am Fluency Dr. Tommie Robinson
 11:45am-12:45pm Lunch  
 12:45-2:00pm Pediatric Dysphagia Dr. Lindsay Turner Meyer
 2:00-3:00pm Adult Dysphagia Ms. Tasha W. Bailey
 3:00-3:15pm Break  
 3:15-4:15pm Speech Science Dr. Jay Lucker 
 4:15-5:15pm Professional Practice Dr. Jay Lucker
SUNDAY, November 1, 2020 11:00am-5:00pm EST
11:00am-12:15pm Clinical Management Dr. Robin Gillespie
12:15-1:45pm Voice & Resonance Dr. Afua Agyapong
1:45-2:00pm Break  
2:00-3:15pm Hearing Dr. Keena Seward
3:15-4:30pm Augmentative and Alternative Comm Dr. Sheila Bridges
4:30-5:00pm Closing Remarks Ms. LaToya Roberts

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We want you to be a part of the relaunch of this course…virtually!

To participate, you will need the following: laptop/computer/tablet, etc., with internet access and microphone/video capability. One week prior to the course, you will receive a link giving you access to course materials and the final schedule. We are excited about moving forward with this course and are even more excited about virtually meeting you.

Cost: $300.00

We are excited about moving forward with this course and are even more excited about virtually meeting you.

If you have any questions or need assistance related to your registration or payment, you can also contact LaToya Roberts directly via email: [email protected].

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Program Outline

Topics presented follow the test areas of study:

  • Foundations and Professional Practice
    - Foundations
    - Professional Practice
  • Screening, Assessment, Evaluation and Diagnosis
    - Screening
    - Approaches to Assessment and Evaluation
    - Assessment Procedures and Assessment
    - Etiology
  • Planning, Implementation and Evaluation of Treatment
    - Treatment Planning
    - Treatment Evaluation
    - Treatment 

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Past Participant Remarks

“I have attended your Praxis Review class in Atlanta … thank you … with your help I have passed the Praxis and have my state license in speech pathology.”

“Very informative, very helpful, learned a lot! Motivational!” (passed after taking the exam six times)

“It helped me identify what I absolutely had to know, provided me with memory aids (e.g., The PCA opens the way) and served as an excellent review of the material.” (passed on first try)

“I truly appreciate all instructors for their time and talent in helping to equip me with the confidence and motivation to attack the NESPA. That is exactly what I did, I attacked the NESPA with complete confidence, and my score went up by 50 points and I am proud to say I finally accomplished a long-awaited goal.”

“The review course helped me tremendously. It gave me the motivation and determination that I needed to be successful on the exam. I am so glad that I decided to attend the intensive review course.” (passed after taking the exam seven times)

“Made me feel at ease; questions and material were a good refresher. Thank you all soo much!” (passed after taking the exam three times)

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