Dear 60 Minutes: Which Professional Diagnosed Lanza with Asperger's?
Posted Dec 01 2012 12:00am
Managing Editor's Note: Just reading the transcript from 60 Minutes and saw the following below. Mark Tambascio is described as a Lanza family friend. There is no mention whether Lanza was formally diagnosed - it could have been a mother ascribing a label to her troubled son - mater-diagnosis for lack of a better word. We feel strongly that the association of Asperger's and/or Autism and the barbaric, sadistic attack by Lanza is at best, tangential. At worst, it demonizes our loved ones on the spectrum as potential killers. This story, like the grief felt in my area (my home is less than 20 miles from Sandy Hook elementary school) across the country and the globe, will continue to unfold. I hope we can learn how to prevent the next wounded male - whatever his diagnosis, from turning his inner anguish toward innocent bystanders. Kim
Scott Pelley: Did Nancy Lanza ever tell you specifically what her son's medical condition was? And she put a name to it?
Mark Tambascio: Asperger's.
Scott Pelley: That's what she said?
Mark and Louise Tambascio: Yeah. Yes.
Scott Pelley: That it was Asperger's syndrome?
Mark Tambascio: Absolutely. There's no question.
Scott Pelley: And for her it was a full time job taking care of him?
Mark Tambascio: Absolutely. Oh my goodness, yes.
syndrome is a disorder within the spectrum of autism. It's
characterized by social impairment, communication difficulty and
repetitive patterns of behavior. An Asperger's support group told us
today that patients are more prone to be victims of violence than the
perpetrators of violence. And we don't know whether Asperger's played
any role in the shootings, but friends told us that the condition did
dominate the Lanza's lives.
Louise Tambascio: I mean, I
know he was on medication and everything, but she homeschooled him at
home cause he couldn't deal with the school classes sometimes. So she
just homeschooled Adam at home. And that that was her life.
Scott Pelley: She wasn't working. She devoted her time to Adam?
Tambascio: Yeah, she didn't have to work, so that's what she did. She
homeschooled him and you know and she did a lot of charitable work and
everything.... Read more HERE.