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IN THIS CHAPTER we look at how two families have dealt with encouraging the potential of the children they are raising. In the Konantovich family, the appearance of exceptional intellectual capability was a surprise, yet they were not wholly unprepared to respond to it. Although they believed in the value of intense early stimulation to maximize development, they found themselves challenged almost immediately to extend their horizons in order to respond to their child's extraordinary intellectual demands and abilities. In the other family, the Lemkes (their real name), their child is no prodigy, and they made no assumption that their son possessed any kind of extreme ability. Indeed, it took an act of supreme faith to believe that there was any mental activity whatsoever in Leslie, the child the Lemkes raised. I am presenting these two dramatically different cases to illustrate how central the family is to the process of developing human potential. In the case of the Konantovich family, the talent their child Adam possessed was genuinely extreme, and their response to this
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Publication information: Book title: Nature's Gambit:Child Prodigies and the Development of Human Potential. Contributors: David Henry F E Ldman - Author, Lynn T. Goldsmith - Author. Publisher: Basic Books. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1986. Page number: Not available.
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