Shooting suspect may have had developmental disorder
Dr. Manny Alvarez weighs in
- Duration 3:13
- Date Dec 15, 2012
Dr. Manny Alvarez weighs in
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-- we're learning more about the accused shooter in this story neighbors telling various media outlets that the young man may have suffered from a develop mental disorder possibly Asperger's syndrome which is a high functioning form of autism but what if anything could this mean.
To the investigation into possible motive joining us on the phone is Dr.
Who of course is a member of the Fox News medical eighteen -- senior managing editor of Fox News health.
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Manny you're also the father of a child.
Who was on the autism spectrum as you hear these reports about possible Asperger's what are your thoughts.
Percent they autism spectrum is a very complex.
Group of a different ailments.
But let it in no way shape or form does -- have -- -- components were most children with autism are sweet loving children.
Cash -- in particular.
-- you have very high functioning individuals that are very productive.
Yes they have struggles with socializing.
They're normal intelligent it and -- -- -- many of times.
Even diagnosis is primary because there's so well integrated the community so you know that we have this separate two things here that is yes individuals in the -- spectrum.
May have a predisposition.
That -- -- knocked counsel if they're not in care of you still live in -- environment.
Just like any child they can be exposed to -- -- And yet sometimes the normal child and expressed the ugliness and be able to cope with the that it different way.
But sometimes it's I would -- system because of their they're little bit behind and -- communications -- they're not able to talk about the ugliness.
But it to me it's more the environment.
-- you know how they were raised -- -- -- I'll -- you know what what you know what.
What people did for them how they -- with others that really makes the difference just like any other child who may be exposed to ugliness and you know my heart I I had to.
You know yesterday when this all happened.
I had to go pick up -- -- there.
Goal was -- pool area again you know he's my autistic son and he had already heard it is fifteen years old.
And you know we -- moment and we talked about it then for him.
I had to explain it in it in a different kind of light right.
But you could see that he does understand just like any child in the spectrum.
They understand good and evil and they understand that evil does not play a role in any part.
I guess I think that the speculation is gonna move forward I think that -- People are wanna talk about is this past history of much burgers and and whether or not he he was an outcast in -- -- -- not but but at the end of the day it is.
How what kind of eagle -- or what kind of the lack of love.
-- -- -- -- -- Dr.
Manny Alvarez who is a member of the Fox -- medically team.
-- thank you so much we'll be right after this.