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It has long been established that parents play an essential role in the development of gifted children. Twelve leading researchers, under the direction of Benjamin Bloom at the University of Chicago, studied the talent development of 120 children over a period of 4 years. In 1985, he reported in Developing Talent in Young People that parents played a crucial role in nurturing and encouraging these students. James Alvino's research indicates that caring, knowledgeable, and supportive parents can create a nurturing home environment that provides emotional support for students. This encouragement at home gives the child inner strength and a competent sense of self that enables the child to survive and even thrive. Linda Silverman's work in 1993 reinforces the concept that families who encourage and ...

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