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Cranial nerve damage occurs when any of the twelve cranial nerves are damaged as a result of injury to the nervous system. Common causes of cranial nerve injury include damage to the brain e.g. stroke or a traumatic brain injury.
Speech and language therapy is highly beneficial for individuals with cranial nerve damage. Speech and language therapy will provide the individual and others involved in their care with exercises, strategies and advice in helping them to reach their full potential in their communication, eating and drinking.
Cranial nerve damage is an injury to any of the twelve cranial nerves within the nervous system. Cranial nerve damage is commonly caused by a stroke or traumatic brain injury. There are twelve pairs of cranial nerves in the central nervous system; each cranial nerve serves a different function. Depending on which nerves have been damaged there will be different symptoms and difficulties.
The nervous system comprises of twelve pairs of cranial nerves, each with their own function. The cranial nerves and their functions include:
The type of difficulty experienced by individuals with cranial nerve damage will vary depending on what cranial nerves have been affected. Damage to a specific cranial nerve will cause a difficulty in its particular function. Common difficulties experienced by individuals with cranial nerve damage include:
Cranial nerve damage will be diagnosed by a team of medical professionals. A diagnosis will include a full neurological examination including asking the patient to carry out specific tasks and also scans of the brain.
The speech and language therapist will play a key role in helping to identify cranial nerve damage for patients who are experiencing any difficulties with their speech, voice or swallowing. The speech and language therapist will carry out several examinations for individuals with cranial nerve damage to help determine the severity of the damage to their speech or swallowing.
The effects of cranial nerve damage will vary for each individual; the type of difficulties experienced will depend on the cranial nerve which has been affected and also the severity of the damage. The effects of cranial nerve damage can range from mild to severe and will affect individuals in different ways.
Our speech and language therapists can help individuals who have cranial nerve damage with attention and listening problems, communication problems, swallowing difficulties, voice and speech problems.
Speech and language therapy can be extremely beneficial for individuals with cranial nerve damage. Speech and language therapy is particularly beneficial for individuals who have swallowing and speech difficulties as a result of cranial nerve damage. Speech and language therapy will focus on helping to regain lost ability, or create compensatory strategies to help minimise the effects the difficulty is having on the individual. Speech and language therapy can also help others involved in the individual's care by providing support and advice for the management of their difficulty.
Speech and language therapy may benefit those with cranial nerve damage as any aspect of their communication or swallowing difficulties may improve. It may also reduce stress and anxiety of patients with cranial nerve damage as they are receiving supportive input from a speech and language therapists.
Speech and language therapy would initially involve an assessment which includes a number of observations, examination and assessments to help determine the type of speech, language and swallowing difficulties the individual is experiencing. An initial assessment will also determine the severity of these difficulties and what the best treatment option would be.
Following an initial assessment, treatment for speech and language therapy may include assessments, reports, therapy programmes, reviews, support groups, training and advice.
Treatment will vary depending on the individual. Speech and language therapy will provide an individualised treatment plan specifically tailored to the patient’s needs and abilities.
Specific treatment for cranial nerve damage may include:
Cranial nerve damage occurs when any of the twelve cranial nerves are damaged as a result of injury to the nervous system. The type and severity of the difficulties experienced will vary for each individual and be dependent on the specific nerves that have been damaged. Speech and language therapy is highly beneficial in treating individuals with cranial nerve damage.
We offer a free telephone consultation in order to discuss any concerns regarding your speech, language, voice or swallowing.