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Hope and help 10 years after a traumatic brain injury

I come to Progressive Therapy Associates because I had a TBI (traumatic brain injury) in 2004.

Hi, my name is Coli. I come to Progressive Therapy Associates because I had a TBI (traumatic brain injury) in 2004. A couple of friends and I were going to the Fordville Dam, to go tubing. We decided to go to the other side of the lake because it was pretty windy. I jumped into the back of the pickup, to keep the tube down, from flying out. The tube ended up flying out of the pickup, and we were going about 35 miles an hour. I landed on my arms and my head. I was in the hospital for two months. 

Before the accident, I was a typical high school girl. I was a cheerleader. I was in volleyball. I was a ... I would like to call it ... a student manager of the girls' basketball team. I was happy, and life was good. After the accident, I wasn't able to pay attention for very long. My short-term memory was very damaged. My reading skills were not good, I could hardly read. Coming to Progressive changed so much of that, and I was able to find ways to read my first book, all by myself, independently.

The accident happened when I was 17, I came here when I was 27. That means that for 10 years, I missed 10 years of cognitive education. I was able to go back to work, and I now work at a nursing home, which I love. I work in activities, and it's great.

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. 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!