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, and as established teletherapy providers, we can serve your family through these challenging times and beyond.


"Of all of the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane."

- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

How We Help


Conditions We Treat

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

Young child using computer for teletherapy services from CHAT - life changing speech therapy.

1-on-1 Teletherapy

Currently enrolling for winter 2021.


New Collaboration

CHAT Collaborates with Enlace to Provide Literacy Programs to Little Village Families

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:


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

Recent News + Blog

Let’s CHAT about Hyperlexia: Written Schedules

Schedules are a staple of all therapy sessions, but are especially useful for hyperlexic learners (HxLs). Not only are they an effective tool during therapy, but they can be used to inspire positive transitions, increase the …

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Let’s CHAT about Hyperlexia: Written Supports

As the saying goes, “Write, write, write because [people] with hyperlexia will read, read, read” (Miller, 1993). There are many different ways we can structure our writing to connect with hyperlexic learners and support language growth!

The World has Lost a Ground-Breaking Pioneer: In Memory of Dr. Darold Treffert

Dr. Darold Treffert died unexpectedly on Monday, December 14th, 2020 at the age of 87.   Dr. Treffert’s compassion for children and their families continues to inspire all that knew him. He helped to re-shape how people viewed savants, autistic individuals, and hyperlexic learners …

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