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Cognition consists of the mental processes involved in acquiring and learning new information through a seemingly effortless process.

When our cognitive processes are in ship-shape, we can make real-world decisions with success and ease. Everyday tasks such as communicating with others, reading, preparing meals, attending appointments and remembering life events are possible because of cognition. When someone experiences difficulties with their thinking, any of the following abilities may be impacted:

  • Attention
  • Concentration
  • Memory
  • Orientation
  • Word retrieval

Executive functioning skills, such as problem-solving, organization, sequencing and reasoning.
An experienced speech-language pathologist can differentiate between a cognitive disorder and a language disorder.  Our responsibility at Progressive Therapy Associates is to help you figure out what is going on and what to do about it. While word retrieval might be affected by cognitive changes, it also could be the result of a patient suffering from aphasia, which affects production of words and language. For example, a patient may not be able to say what they had for breakfast – not because they really cannot remember the meal, but because they cannot think of the word, “omelet.” It is important to be able to pinpoint the root cause of these impairments to minimize frustration on the patient’s end and to provide the most effective treatment possible.

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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!