Life Changing Speech Therapy

CHAT (Communication Health, Advocacy & Therapy) is a nonprofit of passionate, mission-driven speech and language professionals who make therapy fun

For more than 40 years, CHAT (formerly known as the Center for Speech and Language or CSLD) has changed lives through engaging therapy that works. We advocate for our clients and raise awareness about communication challenges and their impact on our families and communities. Our work in clinics, schools, and programs has helped countless children. We are constantly innovating to bring services to those who need them most, most recently by transitioning 100% of our services to teletherapy.

How We Help


Conditions We Treat

Learn more about the conditions we treat, now through teletherapy, and how we can help!


Online Summer Programs

Online for summer 2020, our programs are not only fun and engaging, they deliver results!

tele webinar

Teletherapy Webinar Series

We're thrilled to offer webinars for families, special education providers, and SLPs free of charge.

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:

“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

Recent News + Blog

Reading Comprehension Strategies for Hyperlexic Children

On May 12th, 2020 we hosted a webinar on reading comprehension strategies for hyperlexic children.  Our Founder, Phyllis ...

Fun Videos for Minimally Verbal Kids

Our talented clinicians, Celia and Brigid, have been working hard to provide services to their students at our partner therapeutic school, Esperanza, during the COVID-19 school closures. Not ...

Wordless Picture Books and Videos

Wordless picture books, or wordless videos (we see you, Pixar), can be GREAT ways to work on language ...