The Problem of Attention, Part Four: Directed Creativity

As we have seen, my son Lewis had trouble paying attention to my instructions during his cello lessons. Inside his head he heard so much music, at full volume, that I was drowned out.

Yet his situation was at least liveable: I knew what his problem was, though it took me several years to figure it out. His creativity was focused on music, and this fact emerged even before he started lessons at age two. He sang all the time.

With this audible evidence, constantly available, it wasn’t too hard to figure out what was stealing his attention, therefore the beginning of his education wasn’t as rocky as it might have been.


About Rebecca Hein

Author of A Case Of Brilliance, her memoir of her discovery that her two children are profoundly gifted
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