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


Conditions We Treat

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


Summer Programs

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


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

Lynfred Winery Selects CHAT as June 2020 Charity of the Month!

On #GivingTuesday 2019, Lynfred Winery Roselle and Wheeling announced their 2020 charity of the month recipients, and we are so ...

“Are you going to cry?”

Our Annual Appeal Changed Felix’s Life Felix is a Chicago 4th grader. We began supporting him with speech ...

40th Anniversary Celebration

On September 25, we honored the legacy of our founder, Phyllis Kupperman, with a special celebration to mark ...