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ADHD doesn't have to be a reason to struggle in high school

Telling somebody it's all in your head is like telling somebody with asthma, Oh, It's all in your lungs.

I'm Sophie. I'm from Fargo, North Dakota. I like music a lot, piano and violin and I like Spanish. I'm involved in a lot of Spanish. I was diagnosed in fifth grade with ADD. Telling somebody it's all in your head is like telling somebody with asthma, "Oh, It's all in your lungs." School was rough. We had a lot of patches where I wasn't getting my homework done or I forgot assignments or wasn't doing well on tests. People did not understand the challenges that I had, and I don't really think that they do still. ADHD makes my brain take little vacations, where I see something and then my brain just takes it and rolls with it for a while, and then I get distracted. Though I was hesitant to come to Progressive at first, because in my brain, I was a sophomore in high school and I was thinking that I don't need help. I'm not broken. Coming to Progressive Therapy, I learned that ADHD doesn't mean that you're broken. It just means that there are ways to improve. I'm very glad that I found Progressive. 

I mean, now, my parents give me a lot more independence and they let me go to Costa Rica for a month on my own and I feel I've built up a lot more trust with them. I mean, I got into college with a good ACT score that I wouldn't have gotten before.

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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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!