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 Oral Mechanism/Cranial Nerve Examination: What Every SLP Needs To Know

# e72   Oral Mechanism/Cranial Nerve Examination: What Every SLP Needs To Know

by Kelly Hall, PhD, CCC-SLP

0.15 CEUs

$ 34.00

$ 27.00

An oral mechanism examination, an essential part of every speech/language and swallowing examination, contributes information for the medical evaluation of every client.  It is designed to assess the physical condition and function of the mouth and related structures.  When performed as part of a cranial nerve exam, it can be used to diagnose the causes of many different kinds of speech/language and swallowing disorders and drive therapeutic interventions.

This online CEU course presents a quick review of the neurology and anatomy/physiology for interpreting a thorough oral mechanism examination. It provides step-by-step instructions for performing and interpreting a quick, yet thorough, oral mechanism and cranial nerve exam. Includes specific guidelines and examples for interpreting and reporting results.  Offered for 0.15 SLP CEUs – 1.5 contact hours.

Content Disclosure: The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found by clicking on the Presenter & Disclosures tab.

Course Format: Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handouts, including test protocol and sample reports.

At eCourse conclusion, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the neurology and neuroanatomy underlying speech, language and swallowing disorders in children, adolescents, and adults.
  2. Conduct a quick and thorough oral mechanism/cranial nerve examination across all ages.
  3. Interpret the results of the exam.
  4. Translate the results of the exam into a written report.

A score of 80% or better must be received on the post test in order to 
receive a certificate of completion.

Kelly Dailey Hall, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a clinician, researcher, and author with interests in evidence-based practice in dysphagia.  She is the Director of Speech-Language Pathology for Therapy Partners at Camden Health and Rehab in Greensboro, NC where she coordinates and provides comprehensive speech SLP services primarily consisting of dysphagia evaluation/treatment.  She also trains SLP students for preparation in medical speech pathology practice.  Her current research focuses on the development/implementation of a pneumonia prevention and treatment protocol in skilled nursing facilities. 

Financial — Kelly Hall is the presenter of online CEU courses sponsored by Northern Speech; receives royalty payments.

Nonfinancial — Kelly Hall has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.


Intended Audience

  • SLP

This program is offered for 0.15 CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).

Offered for 1.5 CEEs. Northern Speech Services’ continuing education activities are eligible for Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) Continuing Education Equivalents (CEEs) in speech-language pathology. An activity’s eligibility for CEEs does not imply SAC’s endorsement of its content or any associated products or procedures.

Content Disclosure: The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found by clicking on the Presenter & Disclosures tab.

ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 CEU = 1 contact hour = equals 1 CEE.

Licensing Boards: Most state licensing boards DO accept CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some state boards do, however, place a limit to the number of credits that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any credit limits related to home-study courses prior to registering for this course.

ASHA CE Registry:  During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.

ASHA CEUS: Attendees must meet at least one of the following conditions in order to be eligible to earn ASHA CEUs:

  • Current ASHA Member
  • ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) Holder
  • Licensed by a state or provincial regulatory agency to practice speech-language pathology (SLP) or audiology
  • Credentialed by a state regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Credentialed by a national regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Engaged in a Clinical Fellowship under the supervision of an individual with their ASHA CCC
  • Currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral program in SLP or audiology

If an attendee is not an ASHA member or CCC holder but meets any of the above criteria, they may inform the ASHA CE Registry of their eligibility by visiting this site.

Additional accrediting agencies by which Northern Speech is an approved CE provider:

  • California: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Board. Provider #PDP4. Online CEU limits may apply; please contact SLPAHADB for current online CEU acceptance policies.
  • Iowa: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Iowa Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology Examiners. Provider #169.
  • Kansas: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Provider #LTS-S0005.
  • Peer Reviewed: This course was peer reviewed and registered with ASHA on 02/28/2014.

  • Course Completion Timeframe: You have unlimited time to complete this online course. You may log off and log on as you wish in order to complete all sections of this course.

  • Content Access: Access to course materials and content does not expire, even after completing the post test. You may continue to review course material by logging into your NSS account, clicking the E-Courses tab, and then viewing your desired course.

  • Certificate of Completion: On successful completion of the post test (80%), a certificate will be immediately available for download and/or printing. This certificate will include your name, date of completion (based on the Eastern Standard Time Zone), and number of contact hours (CEUs / CEEs).

  • ASHA CE Registry Submission: During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.

  • Purchase Orders: Purchase orders are NOT accepted when registering for online courses. Payment must be made online in the form of a credit or debit card payment.

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"Great review of cranial nerve functions and clinical assessment/implications of cranial nerve damage. Information is directly applicable to clinical practice." – S.G. (Dec. 2016)

"Lots of pictures and visual examples." – L.N. (Dec. 2016)

"The entire discussion was extremely useful. It was an excellent course." – M.T. (Dec. 2016)

"I appreciated the specific testing methods for cranial nerves." – J.C. (Dec. 2016)

"Easy to follow and directly applicable to daily practice." – A.B. (Dec. 2016)

"Excellent review!! Great at explaining and giving examples! She's passionate about what she teaches!!" – J.D. (Dec. 2016)

"I appreciated the overview of a full and thorough OME. This was a great refresher on what to look for and assess when completing an exam. The presenter's style kept me engaged and interested while providing adequate, important information. She kept the information clear and concise." – L.S. (Dec. 2016)

"Excellent course for all SLPs to review important anatomy. The videos and pictures were useful additions. The jokes were corny but helped keep my interest."  D.M. (Nov. 2016)

"Precise, to the point, clinically relevant, great review, great illustrations." – R.S. (Nov. 2016)

"Excellent review of OME and CN examination pertinent to Speech-Language Evaluation. The presenter did an excellent job of clearly communicating the most important points." – L.E. (Oct. 2016)

"I liked the charts and forms provided to integrate immediately into practice." – C.V. (Oct. 2016)

"The most helpful portion was the thoroughness of the walk-through of the CN exam." – G.R. (Sept. 2016)

"Entertaining, additional bites of interesting facts, very comprehensive, great use of videos/photos." – A.T. (Sept. 2016)

"The summary sheet at the end and the copy of the OME for use is a fabulous printout!! I love that it relates everything back to the cranial nerve being tested. Presenter was an efficient and effective speaker. I appreciated not a lot of side-bar discussion." – C.M. (Aug. 2016)

"I appreciated the details regarding typical and abnormal findings. Information was presented in a very clear, organized manner with helpful use of visuals that clarified terminology and procedures." – J.O. (July 2016)

"Very detailed and allowed me the opportunity to replay as needed for clarification." – C.W. (June 2016)

"Excellent review and some tidbits I didn't know (or have long forgotten). I love the direct application of CN review and practical approach. Will definitely help me refine my OME in future practice. Thank you!" – J.V.R. (Mar. 2016)

"Comprehensive examination. I liked that the course was short and effective." – S.R. (Jan. 2016)

"I liked that the course was fun and not boring. The photos of various conditions to better define what might be seen clinically were great." – T.L. (Jan. 2016)

"I like how the examination form is organized and I found the sample reports to be beneficial." – H.G. (Jan. 2016)

 

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