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!


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Our Fall 2020 programs will be held online from October 5th - December 17th, 2020


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

Dyslexia Awareness Month

October marks Dyslexia Awareness Month; yet for our CHAT team, empowering diverse learners is an ongoing commitment. While this month was only recently recognized by Congress in 2015, dyslexia affects …

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Let’s CHAT about Hyperlexia: Introduction

Introducing our new Hyperlexia-focused blog series and its writer, Ciara Nally! We will discuss all things hyperlexia, provide tailored therapy activities, and discuss how to support and advocate for your hyperlexic learner!

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

Enlace colabora con CHAT para proveer programas de lectura a las familias de La Villita