Though parental support is no guarantee that a child will excel in a creative field, certainly it is a key factor in developing the child's creativity- whether we label the child as gifted or not. I am sure that many more kids would demonstrate special ability if they had help in developing their talents-in fact, that is one basic assumption of this book.

    Some special abilities have more to do with biology than nurturing, at least in early childhood. Genetics affects size, for example, as well as hand-eyed coordination, peripheral vision and physical vigor. Learning to use one's natural gifts, however, results from training and practice. The way in which a child is nurtured influences the development of such qualities as persistence, patience and a desire to excel, all which affect creativity.
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