Monday, February 2, 2015

Cranial Nerves

Cranial Nerves

Earlier in December Dysphagia Café created a great musical video reminding all of us of our friends the 12 Cranial Nerves! I loved this video so much (shown below) that I decided to focus this blog post on the 12 Cranial Nerves! Please be sure to check out this great video and it is a fantastic website with great resources!

The 12 Cranial Nerves

The amazing thing about the cranial nerves is that they can be made of sensory neurons, motor neurons, or both. Each cranial nerve also has a very specific function. How oh how can we keep all of that information straight?  Well there are several helpful websites available to assist in learning the 12 Cranial Nerves. Below you will see a few charts and graphs that are incredibly helpful!

 The Encyclopedia Britannica provides an amazing graphic of the 12 Cranial Nerves as well as a brief description.

Within the website “almostadoctor” there is this very detailed chart available that breaks down cranial nerves even further.

Finally, I found that the American Brain Tumor Association’s website was chalk full of fantastic information for the anatomy of the brain.

What is the use of knowing these cranial nerves? Stayed tuned for next week when I review a CEU course by Northern Speech Services titled “Oral Mechanism/Cranial Nerve Examination: What Every SLP Needs To Know” presented by Dr. Kelly Hall CCC-SLP.

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