Autism Advantage is an innovative practice devoted to working with adolescents and adults with autism spectrum conditions to understand their unique personality advantages and use their gifts to overcome challenges. We believe autism spectrum conditions are neurological differences to be understood and appreciated.
Christopher L. Smith, Ph.D. or "Dr. Chris" as he is known to his clients is a Colorado and Texas licensed clinical psychologist specializing in therapy and skills training for adolescents and adults with autism spectrum conditions and other developmental disabilities. A graduate of the University of South Dakota's clinical psychology training program, he has been working with adolescents and young adults since 1998. He utilizes cognitive and behavioral interventions in practice, including extensive skill building strategies.
Fees for 45 minute sessions are currently $90, and 60 minute sessions are currently $130. Insurances accepted include United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield (Anthem), Medicare, and Colorado Medicaid. Private payment is preferred through Paypal.
Autism Advantage has researched and created a unique and original coaching package to help our clients identify and understand their personal autism related advantages and overcome their challenges. Coaching is an intervention where the focus is developing and implementing strategies to reach client-identified goals to enhance performance and personal satisfaction. It may address specific communication skills, social skills, relationship skills, life balance, job performance and satisfaction, or general conditions in the client's life, business or profession.
Therapy is a service that involves the identification, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health challenges often arising with an autism spectrum diagnosis. Ongoing sessions will utilize cognitive and behavioral treatments for issues such as anxiety and depression. In recognition of the technical strengths of our clients and lack of qualified providers in many communities, Autism Advantage offers individual therapy sessions in person or through Skype when available through insurance providers.
Autism Advantage providers conduct a limited number of autism spectrum assessments when time allows. These assessments include a diagnostic interview based on DSM-5 criteria, completion of several psychometrically sound measures by both the individual and family members, an assessment report with diagnosis, and a feedback session to discuss results.