Life Changing Speech Therapy

CHAT (Communication Health, Advocacy & Therapy) is a nonprofit that exists to increase access to speech-language therapy for children with few—if any—other options.

CHAT Updates!

bilingual services at CHAT

Bilingual English-Spanish Services at CHAT

CHAT sigue invirtiendo en crecer sus servicios bilingües inglés-español, como explica aquí hay un video corto para familias y cuidadores hispanoparlantes.


Now Presenting: The Hyperlexia Handbook: Therapy that Works, Volume 2

As the speech and language pioneer in hyperlexic learning, CHAT has published a new resource to support hyperlexic learners.


Early Intervention

CHAT is now an Illinois Early Intervention provider for children ages birth to three-years-old with speech therapy needs! 


For 45 years, CHAT has given children in need the gift of communication. Focused on inclusion and centered in social justice, CHAT provides life-changing speech therapy to children with few—if any—other options. Through our clinic, in schools, and in partnership with community nonprofits, we tailor services specifically to children’s needs and build on their strengths. We approach our work with deep cultural humility, and understand the need for systemic change in healthcare and education so that our students can be more sustainably supported. We strive for more communication justice by serving under-resourced children whose communication disorders and differences contribute to their inequitable treatment, and by working to remove structural barriers to access.

Communication is a human right. Every child needs to communicate with the world around them. CHAT exists to include and empower children whose voices have not been heard, helping them to access a better future.

"Of all of the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane."
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Stories + Blog

David’s Story

April is Autism Acceptance Month! CHAT fully accepts and embraces the Autistic community’s communication styles and preferences while advocating for inclusion in all spaces. Read more about CHAT’s work in this space with David’s story.

Winter & Spring 2024

Voices of Value Neurodiversity-Affirming Approach: What it is and Why it Matters CHAT is a different kind of organization. When we say we are a resource to children with few […]

Jamal’s Story

Valentine’s Day puts the focus on romantic love and connections, but there are many kinds of connections worth highlighting! That’s why we chose this month to share the story of […]

CHAT With Us

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Annual Appeal

Corey's story.

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Executive Functioning

Helps 10-18-year-olds with organization, time management, and attention

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Meet Our Team


Amelia & Julie


"All of the speech pathologists that I have worked with at CHAT have been nothing but positive, professional, hardworking, & well-educated in current best practices in the fields of speech and language pathology & special education. I do not believe that the transition to teletherapy would have been beneficial or effective with anyone but CHAT."

Emily A. Wallen, B.A., M.A.T.

Director of Special Education, Jackson Charter School

“It is exciting to see the Center that started with a small idea and grew to support a number of wonderful families is now reaching so many more. The ability to go where the children are and touch so many more lives is beyond meaningful.”

Phyllis Kupperman

CHAT (CSLD) Founder

“My child has gone from hating reading to loving it. She now reads all evening long. Her self-confidence has been boosted tremendously. She can’t wait to go back to school and advocate for herself. Thank you for allowing my child to participate in this amazing program!”

Rose, mother of nine year old

Summer 2019 Language to Literacy Program

Our Partners

We are proud to partner with organizations across Illinois to provide life changing speech services to children in need. Learn more about some of our partners: