Author discusses Asperger's Syndrome and bullying at Monroe Temple in February

| 15 Feb 2012 | 11:18

Monroe — Jesse Saperstein, an adult with Asperger’s Syndrome and the author of the book, “Atypical: Life With Asperger’s in 20 1/3 Chapters,” will address the Monroe Temple Torah Academy students on Wednesday evening, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. What is it like to have Asperger’s Syndrome and be the victim of targeted bullying? Included in Saperstein’s talk on Asperger’s Syndrome will be commentary on the subject of bullying, something which he has experienced first-hand. “Atypical” is the poignant, funny and truly unique observations of a young writer diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, according to the summary of the book found online at The review continues: “’Please be forewarned that you are about to read the observations and life lessons of someone who entertains himself by farting in public and conversing in gibberish with his cats.’” “Thus begins the charming, insightful and memorable story of Jesse Saperstein. Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism, Jesse has struggled since childhood with many of the hallmark challenges of his condition-from social awkwardness and self-doubt to extreme difficulty with change and managing his emotions. “He has also worked hard to understand and make the most of his AS- developing his keen curiosity and sense of humor, closely observing the world around him, and most of all, helping others with AS to better cope and even thrive. Told with endearing and unflinching honesty,Jesse brings his unique perspective to the circumstances of his life and his condition.” Essential information Temple congregants and the public are invited to attend the program on Feb. 22. The temple is located at 314 North Main St. in Monroe. To contact the Temple, e-mail or call 783-2626. More information about Saperstein can be found at his Web site (