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.
Asperger 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?
Louise 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.