Presenters: Yvette McCoy, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S & Tiffani Wallace, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
– A.D., prior course participant
Cranial nerve examination can be used to assist the medical team with differential diagnosis and it contributes essential information to the clinician that will improve dysphagia assessment and treatment planning. This presentation will focus on obtaining diagnostic information during a cranial nerve exam, which can be used to diagnose and assist in planning therapeutic interventions specifically for swallowing disorders.
Presenters will provide instructions and case studies that will assist clinicians in performing, interpreting and developing a dysphagia treatment plan based on the deficits noted during the oral mechanism/cranial nerve assessment. Therapeutic strategies targeting swallow function will be presented, specifically sensory-based treatments and the use of swallow maneuvers and/or exercises. Best practice will be supported by current research.
Course is offered for 0.25 ASHA CEUs – 2.5 Contact Hours.
Course Overview – Run Time: 2:39:21
– E.L., 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.
"I liked all of it. Learning what's wrong and what to do with treatment approaches." M.Z. (Aug. 2023)
"I liked the demonstrations for assessment and treatment." R.R. (May 2023)
"Expectations of damaged nerves and treatment techniques. I liked the test preview." D.H. (Feb. 2023)
"The in depth discussion of cranial nerves was excellent. Also the discussion of exercises." E.A. (Dec. 2022)
"Review of how each CN is involved, and how to treat. Good content." W.H. (Dec. 2022)
"I liked the specific neurophysiology for swallowing and the demonstration with videos and clear slides." A.R. (Dec. 2022)
"This course is complete from understanding nerves, to what you would see, and then treatment options." R.K. (Nov. 2022)
"I enjoyed this course." L.M. (Oct. 2022)
"The review of cranial nerve innervations and clinical testing was good." J.S. (Sept. 2022)
"Informative and provided information I can apply to daily practice immediately. Liked discussion of effective therapeutic techniques relating to cranial nerve injury." K.S. (July 2022)
"All of it is beneficial! I needed the refresh on cranial nerves, and will use the clinical treatment recommendations as well." T.B. (July 2022)
"I felt that the section on CN X was most helpful to my daily practice, simply because it is so instrumental in informing pharyngeal dysphagia treatment. All sections were very interesting and helpful!" J.R. (June 2022)
"I appreciated that each CN had an anatomy and physiology review, as well as a functional application section. Both are very important, and I plan to use this resource as a reference in my diagnostic and therapeutic work." J.R. (June 2022)
"Great application for specific exercises. I liked the ease of the online course with ability to take breaks." T.K. (May 2022)
"I liked the treatment strategies and discussion of techniques for each." A.D. (Feb. 2022)
"I liked how course was organized to present treatment strategies after each specific nerve was discussed. This helped with the learning process." A.D. (Feb. 2022)
"I liked the detailed overview of functions, deficits, and researched backed treatment methods for each cranial nerve important to swallowing. Liked how knowledgeable the presenters were, and the clarity with which they presented the information." E.O. (Dec. 2021)
"Good review of UMN vs LMN and relationship to cranial nerves including deficits expected. Well-organized, I liked the format of presenting each individual cranial nerve and treatment before going on to the next." S.M. (Dec. 2021)
"I liked the flow of instruction – intervention as well as diagnosis." S.P. (Dec. 2021)
"I liked that it was broken into the 2 sections – information about the nerves and what results of its injury." M.A. (Dec. 2021)
"I liked the interventions. Course was clearly presented." M.M. (Dec. 2021)
"Overview of CN exam and interventions was very good. Presenters were knowledgeable and thorough." K.M. (Dec. 2021)
"Exercises based on cranial nerve deficits! The course organization was great!" J.B. (Dec. 2021)
"Functional impact of CN damage and location of lesion for impact on function. Practical knowledge." M.C. (Nov. 2021)
"Evaluation of cranial nerves and how they affect swallowing. I liked the convenience of the course and presenters' knowledge." K.P. (Nov. 2021)
"There was so much information. It was helpful to have the ability to replay information that would have otherwise been missed during a live presentation." D.S. (Nov. 2021)
"The therapeutic application of exercises you would use for which type of deficit and why/how was beneficial for my daily practice. I liked both presenters and how they tie in the neurologic data with clinical implementation." S.S. (Oct. 2021)
"I loved how each nerve was described and then what treatment to provide. It gave descriptions with pictures and practical application." C.H. (Sept. 2021)
"I enjoyed the therapy ideas and the how-to aspect of the presentation." K.D. (Sept. 2021)
"The information on which types of deficits go with a UMN or LMN lesion for each nerve was very helpful. The structure of this online course was great, with the anatomy and physiology explanation for each nerve and followed by the treatment implications afterward." E.L. (Aug. 2021)
" liked the treatment options and evidence behind them." K.S. (Jun. 2021)
"I enjoyed the review of the cranial nerves, what happens when there are lesions, and the assessment.” I.C. (Jun. 2021)
"The theory and underpinning knowledge will provide excellent reference material and increase my awareness of ideas for specific assessment and therapy." D.C. (May 2021)
"I liked how it was divided into different cranial nerves and the presenters spoke about different lesions and how you could target treatment based on which cranial nerves were effected." J.S. (Apr. 2021)
"I appreciated the treatment recommendations for deficits noted on CN exam and the benefit of specific exercises." J.B. (Mar. 2021)
"I liked the treatment applications as it relates to cranial nerve damage." S.E. (Jan. 2021)
Northern Speech Services is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course
approval #21680. This eCourse is
offered at 0.25 CEUs, educational level
Intermediate, 1. Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation, ADL; Client Factors; Performance Skills: Body Functions, Body Structures, Sensory Perceptual Skills, Motor and Praxis Skills
2. OT Process: Evaluation: Intervention: Analysis of occupational performance, Develop & implement intervention plan. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not
imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
Northern Speech Services is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval #21680. This eCourse is offered at 0.25 CEUs, educational level Intermediate, 1. Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation, ADL; Client Factors; Performance Skills: Body Functions, Body Structures, Sensory Perceptual Skills, Motor and Praxis Skills 2. OT Process: Evaluation: Intervention: Analysis of occupational performance, Develop & implement intervention plan. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
Yvette McCoy, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is a speech-language pathologist with over 23 years experience, specializing in adult neurological rehabilitation with a special interest in dysphagia and stroke rehabilitation. She owns Speak Well Solutions, LLC. She is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, a board certified swallowing specialist, six-time ACE Awardee, mentor and CFY supervisor. She currently serves on the Adult Services Committee for the Maryland Speech-Language and Hearing Association. She is a member of the Dysphagia Research Society where she serves on the Website Communications and Public Relations Committee. She is co-creator/author of the mobile app 'Dysphagia Therapy', and published author for the ASHA Leader. Additionally, she is an adjunct instructor at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Financial — Yvette McCoy is the presenter of online CEU courses sponsored by Northern Speech; receives royalty payments.
Nonfinancial — Yvette McCoy is a member of the Dysphagia Research Society Website Public Relations Committee; receives no compensation in this role.
Nonfinancial — Yvette McCoy is a board member of the Dysphagia Group Advisory Board-Facebook; receives no compensation in this role.
Nonfinancial — Yvette McCoy is a member of the Adult Services Committee Maryland Speech Hearing Association; receives no compensation in this role.
Tiffani L. Wallace, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, has been a Speech-Language Pathologist for over 16 years. She holds her Board Certified Specialty in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S). Tiffani enjoys working with patients of all ages; however, she has a special interest in working with the adult head and neck cancer population. She is the co-author of the app Dysphagia2Go by SmartyEars, the author of the app iScreen Aphasia by SmartyEars and the co-author of the app Dysphagia Therapy by Tactus Therapy. Tiffani is the administrator and creator of several Facebook dysphagia groups and the owner and author of Dysphagia Ramblings.
Financial — Tiffani L. Wallace is the presenter of online CEU courses sponsored by Northern Speech; receives royalty payments.
Financial — Tiffani L. Wallace receives royalties for the Dysphagia2Go app; receives royalty payments.
Nonfinancial — Tiffani L. Wallace is a member of the Smarty Ears Advisory Board; receives no compensation in this role.
Nonfinancial — Tiffani L. Wallace is the author of the blog "Dysphagia Ramblings"; receives no compensation in this role.
Nonfinancial — Tiffani L. Wallace is the creator of the Dysphagia Therapy Group: Professional Edition and Dysphagia Support on Facebook; receives no compensation in this role.
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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.
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