Cranial Nerves and Swallowing / Voice
by Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com
The cranial nerves look so beautiful exiting the brainstem in these pictures! Why do they have to be so hard to memorize? It is so important for Speech-Language Pathologists to understand the sensory and motor aspects of cranial nerves and swallowing, speech and voice function.
Do you need help studying the cranial nerves at school? Do you need a chart that you can keep on your clipboard at work?
The Cranial Nerve chart is packed with the following information:
- Cranial nerve name and number,
- Nuclei and location in brainstem,
- Associated muscles,
- Sensory and/or Motor functions,
- How to test the cranial nerve, and
- Potential signs and symptoms if there is damage to the nerve.
Here are just a few of the complex pathways of the cranial nerves:
Love, R.J & Webb, W.G. (1996). Neurology for the speech-language pathologist (3rd ed.). Boston: Butterworth-
Heinemann. Groher, M.E. (1992). Dysphagia: Diagnosis and management (2nd ed.). Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann.
Fitzgerald, M.J.T. (1992). Neuroanatomy: Basic and clinical. London: Bailliere Tindall.
By Karen Sheffler