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. Centered in social justice, CHAT provides life-changing speech therapy at our clinic, in schools, and via community partners to those with few—if any—other options. Our speech-language pathologists tailor services specifically to children’s needs, approach their 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. This understanding underlies CHAT’s work in what we call “Communication Justice,” which involves effecting change for under-resourced and under-represented people whose communication disorders and differences contribute to their inequitable treatment. CHAT believes in building on children’s strengths and empowering them to find their voices.
"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!
Currently enrolling for winter 2021.
CHAT clinic reopens with a fresh
new space inspired by the kids
that inspire us.
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:
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