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Excelling at college with ADHD

ADHD affected my day-to-day life.

I'm a junior in college, I enjoy basketball, and I have a hobby of trading stocks lately. ADHD affected my day-to-day life by making it harder to maintain tasks or routines, like cleaning a bathroom once a week instead of once a month. It impacted the ability to retain information and maintain a grade-point average that was acceptable. I was diagnosed with ADHD about two years ago, so as an adult. I did notice the symptoms early on. I hadn't been directly confronting them or trying to fix them. I was sort of hoping they would just go away with time.
ADHD is like having all the answers, but not being able to explain them or articulate them. The toll that it took on me, specifically was that I knew I had a task that I needed to get done, but didn't know how to properly initiate or plan for that task to get it done. And so, then, it would take an emotional toll because I didn't do the task. I don't think that people understand the challenges faced with ADHD.
Prior to starting here, I would play a lot of video games and hang out with friends, mainly do things that I wanted to do that produced short-term gratification. After I started at Progressive Therapy Associates, I began using those initiation and planning techniques to my advantages and began mapping out the amount of time that I spent daily playing video games and hanging out with friends. With those planning and initiation skills, I was able to start studying for school ahead of time, and just being much more prepared for life.
Well the reason I went to Progressive Therapy Associates was because I was diagnosed with ADHD. But, at the time, sort of had this mentality of now that I've been diagnosed, I have this medication, everything should start to ... The pieces should start to fall into place now. And they weren't, so I sought out an external provider for help.
Progressive has impacted my school in a huge way, primarily through initiation and planning. Planning in the sense that I can plan out my work week with school, plan out study times, plan out important dates for tests and things like that. And then, initiation tactics to initiate that studying. Starting a research paper a week before it's due instead of at the deadline.
I would say that my care here has been excellent. If someone is struggling with ADHD, this would be an excellent place for them to come to get help. As far as accomplishments go, in school, this semester has been, by far, my best semester. In school, I've had my highest GPA. This semester, I recently got 100% on an accounting exam, which I was pretty thrilled about. I'm just doing a much better job of staying on top of assignments, getting them done before they're due, and maintaining success.

We see individuals with ADHD, traumatic brain injury, and concussion as well as stroke. 

When people think about speech language pathology, they typically think about speech disorders or language challenges, which speech therapists can do, but here, we've just chosen to focus more on the cognitive aspect and when I say that, I mean things to do with focus and memory, speed of processing, planning, problem solving, organization, all those daily skills that help you to really function and organize your life. 

If you're someone who's struggling with attention or memory or planning for instance, for a variety of reasons, you can self-refer. You can pick up the phone and call us at 701-356-7766. You can find us on our website and submit your information and come for a free consultation or your primary care doctor can also refer you for treatment at Progressive Therapy Associates. 

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Our dedicated team of speech-language pathologists are specially trained in speech therapy as it relates to cognitive-communication issues (how you listen, process, focus, remember, and communicate). We are also nationally certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, are nationally recognized by the Brain Injury Association of America and are Certified Brain Injury Specialists (CBIS). We are licensed to practice in both North Dakota and Minnesota. We believe every patient deserves the best treatment and support we can offer in every single contact and interaction with us.

Individual approach

We recognize that no two people have the same needs and that everyone has different learning styles. That’s why we like to call our approach “the Progressive way,” which means we will happily customize treatment plans to meet the unique needs of the individual and their family. We also believe in “the right fit” between patient and therapist, so will make every effort to match you with a clinician who connects with you, understands you, and utilizes a therapy style that is comfortable for you.

We are here to help

Depending on the goals you wish to accomplish and the learning pace that is most comfortable for you, we will arm you with the evidence-based strategies, proven skills and ample support you need to feel more organized, prepared and effective. Therapy strategies may range from recommendations for specific tools (such as timers or planners), one-on-one brainstorming and problem-solving to address concerns, therapeutic activities as well as computer trials or worksheets to help strengthen cognitive and executive functions like attention, memory, and planning.

Coaching with compassion

We know that working on cognitive-communication issues is hard work and that it can be easy to feel defeated or overwhelmed by the challenges of building a more efficient brain. However, you will not be in this alone. We are not just speech-language pathologists; we are fellow human beings who care about you, your journey, and your success. We don’t want an appointment to feel like you’ve been sent to the principal’s office. Instead, you’ll find a comfortable space where you’ll feel listened to and understood. And because humor makes everything more bearable, be prepared to laugh and joke a bit too!