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Recovery from a severe traumatic brain injury

Before my brain injury I was in a band. I was a waiter at a restaurant. A father of three, still am obviously. My life was busy.

Before my brain injury I was in a band. I was a waiter at a restaurant. A father of three, still am obviously. My life was busy.

My name is Heath, my diagnosis is severe traumatic brain injury.

My injury was caused by a car accident. Made life rough. Seriously, how else do you say it? It made it rough. I forgot things. I was fatigued a lot. I wasn't a very good family man after the accident. Before the accident, I was a great family man. After the accident, I was absent. If you're tired what do you do? You check out. You don't want to make yourself available. You just want to be away. You want to be invisible. That's how I got. That's where I was. I was tired a lot, so I didn't want to be around people. I think that much to my own fault, I tried maybe to show that I'm better than what I really am. And I think people just see me as, "Oh it's Heath, he's cool. Whatever." So, no. I would say they did not understand to the full extent of really what I've been through, what I go through. The gains that I am most proud of is that I'm more present, I'm more energetic, I'm better at my job. I'm still forgetful, but less forgetful.

Me and my wife have suggested Progressive Therapy Associates to a couple people for sure. And I would just say, everybody, especially in my situation, they second guess that they need help. And the fact is, we do need help. Go to this place, get help, do it 'cause it will help you. If you think you're good already, they'll make you better. That's my opinion.       

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!