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.

How We Help

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Conditions We Treat

Learn more about the conditions we treat and how we can help! 

Summer

Summer Programs

Our summer programs are not only fun and engaging, but they deliver results!

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Meet Kamryn

Our “Chicago Bears Kid” 

Our Schools

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

CHAT Celebrates MLK Day

Today on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we remember and honor a man who spoke out in opposition ...

Quest Academy to Host CHAT’s Katie Trainor as guest speaker of Parent Ed Series on Executive Functioning

Executive Functioning is often called the command center of the brain. It’s the set of skills that allow ...

Incorporation of Fine Motor Skills into Speech-Language Sessions

This presentation discusses the importance of using fine motor activities to increase engagement and participation, and reduce behaviors ...