A parent shares his daughter's ADHD story and treatment journey.
My name is Mike Gjesdahl and we have come into contact with Progressive Therapy because of issues that we had with my daughter Sophie. I was particularly impressed with how Progressive interacted with the school counselor and we quickly set up an integrated team that shared information about Sophie weekly. Sophie learned first about ADHD. I think that was the first strategy, was just to learn about the condition and how it presents in her life and once she had that foundation she could learn about strategies and tools to deal with what ADHD did to her and to her life. It was surprising to me how quickly she was equipped with tools and it was a pretty rapid transformation. We saw progress very quickly and just all of the crisis points and the things that were throwing her life into chaos pretty quickly dropped away. With the help of both the school counselor and Progressive Therapy.
The transformation, which for us really, or the focus I guess of where this all started was academics and school and we definitely saw improvements, the grease fires were less frequent, but the collateral benefits of Sophie's time with Progressive showed in her personality. I think if you're a kid who struggles at school, you don't like school, and you might think that you're not good at school. You're getting negative reinforcement, not positive reinforcement, but once you're equipped to contend with your condition and you see some success, then maybe you start to like school and we definitely saw that with Sophie that now she's a happy student. School used to be a sore spot and now it's a source of pride.
Her self-confidence and self-esteem started blossoming and you could just see that this was a young lady who was dropping into gear. She's owning her personality and itâ€™s good and it's all connected to learning how to deal with her ADHD. Our family life is better, so there are just benefits that you might not see at the beginning of therapy, that just show up and you notice later.
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.
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