Raising Adam Lanza Argumentative Analysis

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Throughout the course of Adam Lanza’s life, it seemed to many adults, including his own mother, that he had been struggling with a variety of developmental issues that caused him great deals of anxiety. In the PBS documentary “Raising Adam Lanza” we learn of a variety of concerns that various adults had in their interactions with Adam Lanza.
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The first person interviewed was Marvin LaFontane, who was a friend of Nancy Lanza (Adam’s mother) when Adam was only 4 years old. LaFontane had noted how protective and involved Nancy Lanza was in Adam’s life (pbs.org, 2013). But Adam was also very quiet in his early childhood and kept to himself (pbs.org, 2013). He also seemed to have had very strong issues with touching, and would become upset whenever other adults or children made physical contact with him, imposing on his boundaries (pbs.org, 2013). It was for reasons like these, along with other behavioral issues, that Nancy Lanza had decided to
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213).” In the interview accounts of Adam Lanza, this is an almost a key feature in his behavior displayed throughout his life. But the authors go on to note that students with Asbergers are “...more frequently diagnosed with attention problems and learning disorders, which complicate the ability to master the school environment (Bellando & Pulliam, 2009, p. 213).” But there are also a variety of other social effects of Asberger’s that the interviewees seemed to corroborate were present in Lanza’s behavior. As the authors go on to note that students with Asbergers typically “...do not pick up on the nonverbal cues and are not sensitive to what others are thinking or expecting of them...Furthermore, the student with AD might engage in an angry outburst or tantrum that is disruptive to the classroom (Bellando & Pulliam, 2009, p.

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