Presenter: Kellyn Dailey Hall, PhD, CCC-SLP
– S.S., prior course participant
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 course provides participants with step-by-step instructions for performing and interpreting a quick, yet thorough, oral mechanism and cranial nerve exam across all ages. Includes specific guidelines and examples for interpreting and reporting results.
Course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs – 1.5 Contact Hours.
Course Overview – Run Time: 1:30:09
– E.D., prior course participant
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 handout. Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review.
"Cranial nerves and the manifested deficit." C.C. (Sep. 2023)
"The review of cranial nerve functions and how to assess was beneficial. I liked the specific examples." C.F. (Sep. 2023)
"I liked the thorough review of the oral mechanism examination and I will now expand my examination to include more of the tongue assessment by isolating the jaw movement, testing of facial sensation, and taste assessment." T.L. (Sep. 2023)
"I liked the examples and visuals, as well as the handouts." A.R. (Aug. 2023)
"I liked revisiting which parts of the OME are testing for each/group of CN. I found the review, handouts, and OME document to be very beneficial." A.G. (Jun. 2023)
"Discussion of cranial nerves impact on different aspects of the body was beneficial. I liked the example of an oral mechanism exam with a template of how to write up results." D.S. (Jun. 2023)
"I liked the evaluation of VII, the examples and videos." C.G. (May 2023)
"Succinct course. I liked the review of cranial nerves for speech and swallowing as well as going step-by-step through the exam." K.K. (Mar. 2023)
"Very specific course. Liked the cranial nerve exam." F.B. (Feb. 2023)
"This course was well organized and a good refresher for me. The videos and pictures were very illustrative and helpful. Liked everything regarding the tongue, a very important structure. The exam/eval (questions to ask, what to make the patient do) was very interesting." N.T. (Feb. 2023)
"The review of cranial nerves was beneficial. I liked the thoroughness of content." A.S. (Jan. 2023)
"Very in-depth course. Good review of cranial nerves and how to test their function." E.G. (Dec. 2022)
"The presenter was engaging and explained things well. Learning different exercises for the oral mech eval was beneficial." E.S. (Dec. 2022)
"Good review of specifics of motor vs sensory." D.R. (Dec. 2022)
"Clear and concise course with good visuals. Going through all of the components of the OME during the second half of the course was helpful." C.S. (Nov. 2022)
"I felt the review of the cranial nerves with relation to the oral mech exam was highly beneficial. The video examples were also extremely helpful." M.R. (Nov. 2022)
"This course was thorough with the CN. Learning approaches during oral mech exam was helpful." T.P. (Nov. 2022)
"Helpful review. I liked the examples of patients." W.H. (Nov. 2022)
"Great review of cranial nerve function and oral mechanism exam. The presenter is clear and easy to understand. Kellyn is also enjoyable to listen to." D.B. (Nov. 2022)
"The speaker was thorough detailing the cranial nerve information as it pertains to the oral motor exam." L.K. (Nov. 2022)
"I liked the description of the specific techniques the speaker uses to complete her exam with minimal tools to make it feasible in a work situation. The pace and direct application of how the OME can help with daily therapy knowledge were good." T.C. (Nov. 2022)
"Very clear descriptions with interpretations. A great review and pleasant presentation style of the clinically necessary info." M.Z. (Oct. 2022)
"Very thorough review of cranial nerves and testing during oral mech. Excellent lecture and support materials - examples and visuals - excellent handout with included oral mech examination form and sample verbiage for reporting." M.E. (Oct. 2022)
"I liked the examples, photos, and clear delineation of each CN. The course is thorough and clear." L.C. (Oct. 2022)
"I thought the course was excellent. The discussion on cranial nerve assessment was beneficial." D.Z. (Sept. 2022)
"Although it was much more detailed than I expected, I appreciated the additional facts and information." H.E. (Aug. 2022)
"It was a great review, and her handout was incredibly useful." R.L. (Jul. 2022)
"The speaker was easy to listen to and follow. I appreciated the review of the cranial nerves and their functions." K.B. (Jul. 2022)
"Very clear, concise, and practical information." H.H. (Jul. 2022)
"Liked review of the cranial nerves and ways to test their integrity." K.B. (Jul. 2022)
"I liked all of it. Determining which CN was involved in the observations found will be helpful." J.M. (Jun. 2022)
"I most appreciated the various patient demonstrations. Knowledge of neuroanatomy and differentiation of upper vs. lower motor neuron involvement increase confidence in assessing patients with certain diagnoses." S.S. (Jun. 2022)
"All of the information was valuable and beneficial. The presenter was very knowledgeable." M.M. (Jun. 2022)
"I found the walk-through of the cranial nerve exam very useful. This was one of the most well-presented courses I have taken on NSS. Everything was clear and concise. The explanation of the cranial nerves and how to test their functions were well explained." M.H. (May 2022)
"Pace of the instructor was good. It was a great review of important information for me. I liked the oral exam suggestions." B.C. (May 2022)
"Clear, well-explained information without excessive detail. Beneficial to learn cranial nerves and their function." A.M. (May 2022)
"Incorporating CN knowledge into OME was beneficial." A.D. (May 2022)
"I liked the tools and process of testing the oral mechanism – the videos were very helpful." M.P. (Apr. 2022)
"The knowledge of the speaker and how information is presented was good. Valuable course! Highly recommended for SLPs." B.M. (Mar. 2022)
"Clear examples. Good review of what things I see in my exam could mean." D.D. (Mar. 2022)
"I appreciated the discussion of the actual tools/implements that Dr. Hall practically uses for all populations in an assessment. It was very well organized, structured and sequenced for optimal learning of the nerves, structure/function, and implementation. She is an excellent instructor, very concise and efficient in her methods." A.D. (Feb. 2022)
"I found the photos and live videos most helpful for applying content to clinical work." K.B. (Jan. 2022)
"The step-by-step breakdown of cranial nerves assessed through each oral motor task was helpful for my daily practice. I liked the course format." S.S. (Oct. 2021)
"So much information, although it will have limited use for me with my caseload of general education and Mild-moderate special ed kids." J.C. (Sept. 2021)
"Esophageal dysphagia, Managing trach/vent patients with dysphagia & dysphagia in neurodegenerative diseases, Aspiration pneumonia, oropharyngeal strengthening & hydration management. I feel like many aspects were covered & research I've never heard about in the section New Devices to Manage Sensory Loss." K.L. (Sept. 2021)
"It is so interesting to learn how the brain works to help move our muscles, swallow, eat, etc. I have always had a hard time learning all the cranial nerves and what each one innervates, so this was a wonderful refresher course for me. It was enjoyable to listen to and easy to follow. It was most interesting to learn about how to complete a thorough oral mechanism exam. Usually, the oral mechanism part of an evaluation is something I gloss over, but since taking this course, I see a greater importance for it. Thank you!" A.H. (Sept. 2021)
"Practical application of a CN exam in written form was beneficial for my daily practice." K.S. (Aug. 2021)
"I appreciated the review of cranial nerves with the pictures of different patients/clients. I liked the variety of pictures and videos the presenter used to get her points across. It greatly helped my application of the knowledge to have lots of examples." E.L. (Aug. 2021)
"The cranial nerve examination was beneficial for my practice, and the presenter gave lots of examples." B.S. (Jun. 2021)
"The actual testing of the nerves. The speaker was thorough and simplified it. I was thinking back to graduate school and wished I had a professor like her who makes learning the CNs functional. I wished there was a video clip of true tongue fasciculations. More pictures and examples." B.U. (Jun. 2021)
"I thought this course was great!" D.S. (Jun. 2021)
"The example of the OPE exam/ checklist and the corresponding CN involvement." K.V. (Jun. 2021)
"Tongue movement. Very organized and easy to understand." M.A.H. (Jun. 2021)
"Separating each cranial nerve and talking about function and testing" T.J. (Jun. 2021)
"Actual videos demonstrations of OME and how to assess resonance with no tech/ low tech procedures. I was able to sustain attention throughout the entire course. Speaker kept me engaged" K.P. (Jun. 2021)
“I found the examination form and the report samples to be very helpful!” T.M. (Mar. 2021)
“I loved the detailed explanations and visuals.” B.A. (Feb. 2021)
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. Her current research focuses on the development and implementation of dining culture change practices for SLPs working in SNFs.
Financial — Kellyn Hall is a presenter of online CEU courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Kellyn Hall has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
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