I love the way Dr. Norm Doidge puts it in his book about neuroplasticity: The Brain That Changes Itself
Learning plateaus are a temporary part of the plasticity-based learning cycle in which stages of learning are followed by periods of consolidation. Though there's no apparent progress in the consolidation stage, biological changes are happening internally, as new skills become more automatic and refined.
Too bad knowing something intellectually and emotionally have nothing to do with each other for me. Every regression sucks just as much as the last (and probably the next), but she does seem to pull through- this does not mean that I stay positive and/or "know" she'll be back. Nope, I freak out every single time. There are many tears (mine), fits of anxiety (mine) and probably gastro issues (both hers and mine).
When she makes progress, I am blown away at her abilities. In fact, most days I'm blown away that she can do half the stuff she can do with what she's working with (the lowest tone in town). She is so freaking awesome. I think I'll keep her.
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