NBASLH National Speech-Language Pathology Exam Review Course 

The next course is scheduled March 17-19, 2021 at the Omni Houston Hotel at the same location as the NBASLH 2022 Annual Convention in Houston, Texas.

Registration details will be shared soon!

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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Committee Chairs

Kimmerly HarrellDr. Kimmerly Harrell, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head Neck Surgery and Communicative Disorders in the School of Medicine at the University of Louisville. She received her B.S. in Speech Pathology & Audiology from Tennessee State University, her M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Mississippi, an EdS in Curriculum & Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University, and a PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida. Her areas of expertise include language and literacy disorders in culturally and linguistically diverse adolescents, reading comprehension, vocabulary intervention, and cultural competence and humility in CSD education. Dr. Harrell also uses her knowledge and expertise to provide services in Haiti, Kenya, and other global communities. She serves as the Director of Global Partnerships for Haiti and Research Coordinator for Travel & GIVE, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that combines travel with addressing the needs of the people in local communities around the world through advocacy, education, and medical resources.

Andii Toliver-SmithDr. Andi Toliver-Smith is an Assistant Professor of Speech-Language Pathology at Maryville University in St. Louis. She obtained her Doctor of Philosophy in the field of communication sciences and disorders with an emphasis in cultural and linguistic diversity, along with a secondary interest in audiology from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, her MS in Speech-Language Pathology from "The Mecca" Howard University, and her BS in Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Arkansas Little Rock. She has worked with a variety of populations with speech and language disorders as well as with Deaf/Hard of Hearing clients who require Aural Rehabilitation. Dr. Toliver-Smith also shares her expertise in the  ASHA-PAHO/WHO Guyana Collaboration Project. Her areas of expertise include: Multicultural Concerns, Accent-Dialect Modification, Aural Rehabilitation, Teaching Pedagogy, and Professional Issues.



Dr. Afua Agyapong, PhD, CCC-SLP
Francis Marion University
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Afua Agyapong is an assistant professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Francis Marion University. She holds an MS and a PHD in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of North Dakota. She teaches and conducts research on voice disorders. Her current research is aimed at exploring vocal health problems in transgender people.

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.

Lauren Hastings, M.S., CCC-SLP
Hear To Speak
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Lauren Hastings is the Owner and Speech-Language Pathologist of Hear to Speak, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia. Lauren received a Masters of Science in Speech & Hearing Science from Tennessee State University and a Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology from Andrews University. She has held various clinical positions in Tennessee and Georgia ranging from rehabilitation centers, school districts, and an Autism center. She enjoys collaborating with a variety of professionals including school psychologists, special educators, occupational therapists, neurologists, and gastroenterologists. Her clinical and research interests include child language disorders, bilingual language development, the impact of socioeconomic status in language/literacy development, feeding disorders, and early intervention. In 2016, Lauren began full-time work in her practice, Hear to Speak, a company based in South Fulton (Atlanta) Georgia which serves the pediatric population using a community-based model. Currently, she serves as the 2021 convention co-chair and sponsorship chair for the National Black Association for Speech, Langauge, and Hearing (NBASLH).

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.

Katrina E. Miller Ed. D. CCC-SLP
Katrina E. Miller Ed. D. CCC-SLP is a professional whose 25 plus years’ commitment to the communication disorders profession has improved the lives of her clients and over 300 speech-language pathology students. Dr. Miller is the owner of KMiller Enterprises a communication empowerment company that specializes in providing educational and communication strategies to improve organizations. As a Clinical Associate Professor at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) she founded the Neurogenic Aphasia Group (NAG) which afforded members of the Durham, NC community free speech and language treatment, along with providing clinical practicum experiences to graduate students. Katrina received her B.S and M.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Hampton University and went on to receive a Doctorate in Education with a concentration is Speech Pathology from Nova Southeastern University. She holds a North Carolina license in Speech-language Pathology and is Certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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
Oct 2021 Schedule At-A-Glance




 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2021  8:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST

8:00 AM -  8:15 AM Opening Remarks Exam Review Committee
8:15 AM - 10:00 AM Social Aspects of Communication Dr. Byron Ross
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM Hearing

Dr. Keena Seward

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM Break  
11:30 AM -  1:00 PM Assessment & Treatment Planning Ms. Lauren Hastings
1:00 PM -  1:30 PM Lunch  
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Speech Sound Production Dr. Iris Johnson-Arnold
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Receptive and Expressive Language Dr. Iris Johnson-Arnold

 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2021 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM EST  

8:00 AM -  9:00 AM Speech Science Dr. Jay Lucker
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Research Methods Dr. Jay Lucker
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM Break  
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Augmentative and Alternative Communication Dr. Sheila Bridges-Bond
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Lunch  
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM Pediatric Dysphagia Dr. Lauren Wright-Jones
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM Adult Dysphagia Jasmyne Speller
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM Break  
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM Fluency Dr. Derek Daniels

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2021 9:00 AM - 5:15 PM EST  

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Voice & Resonance Dr. Afua Agyapong
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Clinical Management/Professional Practice Dr. Chenell Loudermill
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Literacy Dr. Chenell Loudermill
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch  
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM Motor Speech Disorders Dr. Gloria-Jean Wallace
2:15 PM - 3:45 PM Cognitive Aspects of Communication Dr. Katrina Miller
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM PRAXIS Basics & Test Strategies Dr. Andi Toliver-Smith
5:00 PM - 5:15 PM Closing Remarks Dr. Kimmerly Harrell

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Online Registration will open soon.

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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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