An oral mechanism examination, an essential part of every speech/language and swallowing assessment, 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.
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 in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handouts, including test protocol and sample reports.
Kellyn Dailey Hall, PhD, CCC-SLP, has worked over 30 years as a clinician, clinical specialist, and clinical manager in medical settings. Currently she is an Associate Professor at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC where she teaches courses in medical Speech-Language Pathology. She is a member of the North Carolina Speech-Language Hearing Association’s Professional Affairs Subcommittee on Healthcare and has presented at state and national conventions on Medicare documentation and ethics. Dr. Hall is presenter of two other online courses offered through Northern Speech Services, “Oral Motor and Cranial Nerve Exam: What Every SLP Needs To Know” and “Navigating a Successful Career as a Medical SLP in a Skilled Nursing Facility”. She is the author of the Pediatric Dysphagia Resource Guide. Her current research focuses on the development and implementation of dining culture change practices for SLPs working in SNFs.
Financial — Kellyn Hall is presenter of online CEU courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Nonfinancial — Kellyn Hall has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
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.
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"The way the course was structured was very helpful, it began with an overview of the cranial nerves and then went on to do an oral mech exam. Every topic discussed was very beneficial as it directly relates to what I will be doing in practice." – R.N. (May. 2018)
"I found the PowerPoint with an in-depth description, review of cranial nerves, their function, and what it may indicate very helpful." – J.L. (May. 2018)
"The overall review of how to quickly assess the nerves related to speech and swallowing was very beneficial. I liked the focus on practical and efficient testing methods." – A.W. (Dec. 2017)
"The review of the cranial nerves and their functions as well as the importance of a thorough oral mechanism examination were quite good, because it is so easy to overlook in a school setting. A review of the techniques was also useful so that I can adapt them for school-aged children. The presentation overall and the knowledge brought to the course was excellent. I appreciated that the presenter has worked in a variety of settings and across the spectrum of populations. I thought this was an in-depth course." – E.F. (Dec. 2017)
"The review of the cranial nerves necessary for articulation and swallowing was helpful. Easy to understand, quick and comprehensive review of an important exam." – M.C. (Nov. 2017)
"I appreciated the photos - it is rare to find ones that highlight the EXACT facial feature I need to assess. I learned a lot from her handout. I like that I am walking away with a very thorough Oral Mechanism/Cranial Nerve Examination. I would have liked a few more examples that involve children." – J.S. (Oct. 2017)
"Very practical and dense information. Handouts were excellent. I like that it is already compiled in a way that I can use the exam handouts and information immediately in clinical practice." – E.V. (Sept. 2017)
"I enjoyed the review of cranial nerves and practical administration of the OME. The instructor was excellent in her presentation - gave practical and thorough explanations at a good learning pace." – L.R. (Aug. 2017)
"I felt the whole course was a good refresher/review of the CNS as well as the protocols for a thorough oral mech exam. As a student, I haven't had much/any experience doing oral mechs, but I feel the specific things included to watch out for and pay attention to were really helpful." – H.A. (July 2017)
"The specific oral mech instructions and handout were most beneficial. Very applicable to my every day practice." – M.L. (June 2017)
"The functional movements that can be requested of patients to determine structure and function within the oral cavity. I liked that the instructor included scripting to get the patient to complete movements in specific ways." – K.B. (May 2017)
"I thought having the Oral Mech/Cranial Exam form was very helpful to follow along with the instructor. This is an area that is somewhat intimidating for SLPs because it feels very subjective. We often have a quick overview in grad school, but not much more. I thought the insructor did a great job reducing the subjectivity by explaining each portion of the exam and relating it immediately back to the Cranial Nerve being assessed." – A.S. (Mar. 2017)
"The connection between the cranial nerves and the oral mech exam. It was a good review. The presenter was straightforward and easy to listen to. She made things understandable." – G.S. (Jan. 2017)
"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)