As Sasha gets ready to leave for college, Debbie thinks about the psychologist who diagnosed Sasha with Asperger’s when they were just seven years old. He had told Debbie and Karl to “lower their expectations,” since he had never seen a child with Autism live a normal life. Now, Debbie thinks, Sasha is headed to MIT. “Take that, Mr. Doom and Gloom therapist!” Debbie writes in her blog.
This passage is important because it emphasizes that people often don’t live up to their stereotypes. Sasha is capable of many things, none of which their psychologist acknowledged during their early diagnosis.