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ADHD Parent Shares His Family's Story

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 it’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.

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 here.

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Qualified therapists

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!