COMMUNICATION includes expressing yourself through speaking and writing, and understanding what others say or what you are reading. Changes in speech, language, and voice can interfere with these activities. Clinical terms for such problems include aphasia, dysarthria, and apraxia of speech. Scroll down for more information on communication problems.
Changes in COGNITION can include problems with memory, attention, problem-solving, logic, reasoning, behavior, and visuospatial skills. Diagnoses include Alzheimer disease, vascular or frontotemporal dementia, Lewy body disease, Parkinson disease, and traumatic brain injury. Scroll down for more information on cognitive problems.
SWALLOWING impairments, also known as dysphagia, can occur as a result of injury to the brain, the gastrointestinal tract, or the respiratory system. They can also occur with head/neck cancer, dementia, serious infection and many other health problems. Scroll down for more information on swallowing problems.
Words and phrases may sound slurred, distorted, stuttered,
or have errors of timing or coordination.
Difficulty with word-finding, conversation, understanding others, reading, writing, talking on the phone or in groups.
Vocal quality may be hoarse, raspy, too quiet or too loud, with pitch changes or absent sound. Speaking may be effortful or painful.
Cognitive-communication problems may occur with changes in memory, attention, auditory processing, reasoning, or other functions.
Stroke, traumatic brain injury, tumor or surgery, septic infections, cardiac and respiratory events, and progressive neurological disease.
Communication is crucial to quality of life. We are dedicated to helping you succeed in expressing yourself and understanding others.
Memory loss can affect recall for names, events, appointments, conversations, and other short-term and long-term information.
Difficulties with attention can affect one's ability to do things that require focus and organization, making daily life difficult.
Changes in reasoning interfere with being able to consider different possibilities or outcomes, and making best choices.
Organizing and sequencing information underlies most of our daily activities, from brushing our teeth to making business deals.
Brain injuries and diseases, medications, infections, medical treatments, depression or other mood disorders, and more.
We will identify how cognitive problems are impacting your life, and train compensatory strategies to maximize your engagement.
Difficulties with chewing and organizing foods, liquids, or medications, or with moving them from the mouth to the throat.
Coughing, choking, wet or strangled speaking voice after swallowing, losing foods/fluids into the lungs (aspiration) or inability to swallow.
Feeling foods sticking at the lower throat or chest, frequent regurgitation, pain or burning, or pills not going all the way down.
Can include pneumonia, choking that blocks breathing, nutritional issues, refusal to eat, and avoiding social events that include food.
Brain injuries and diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, chronic breathing difficulties, acute illnesses and infections.
We will conduct a thorough clinical evaluation, and direct you to further testing and treatment as appropriate for your situation.
Dr. Lustig opened Restorative Speech & Swallow, LLC in 2014, after 20 years of providing speech-language pathology services in hospital and rehabilitation settings. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Lustig teaches, publishes, and presents at professional conferences on impairments of cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders. She specializes in addressing the consequences of neurogenic and neurodegenerative injuries and diseases in adults, including stroke, traumatic brain injury, ALS, Parkinson disease, and dementia.
Documents may be faxed to (866) 456-4839
261 Old York Road, Ste 701, Jenkintown, PA 19046
Visits are typically scheduled between 9 am and 6 pm,
Monday through Friday.
The practice accepts traditional Medicare Part B.
Home visits may be available.