Teen talks about life with autism

Jordan Monroe did something Wednesday evening he never would have even done a few years ago.

The 17-year-old junior at Paris Gibson Alternative High School got up and spoke to complete strangers about his experience with Asperger syndrome.

“I have a problem. It’s called autism. Of course, it can also be a gift; it just depends on your perspective,” he said.

Monroe spoke at a presentation given by Brett Gilleo, MSC, LCPC, of Big Sky Therapeutic Services at Sletten Cancer Institute in Great Falls. Gilleo gives presentations about autism across the state.

“I do these presentations to help families understand the disability more. I give them real-world stuff,” he said.

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