The CHAT Prevention Model

The Child-Centered Health & Advanced Therapies (CHAT) program provides bilingual developmental services for children at risk of challenges with their overall development or who have already  been identified as having developmental delays. Our goal is to enable children between 2-8 and their families to thrive toward their fullest potential by providing a range of services, which include:

Speech Therapy

Services focus on the improvement of communication skills specific to a young child’s developmental milestones. Goals include developing a functional communication system, improving the articulation of speech sounds to be better understood by communication partners, teaching strategies for language comprehension, and improving speech fluency. The interventions and treatment methods vary according to each child’s individual speech and language issues. Parent participation in treatment and parent training in communication enhancement techniques are integral components of the treatment program.

Occupational Therapy

Services focus on helping children develop functional skills that enable independence in carrying out daily routines such as eating, dressing, and living independently. Therapists assess the child’s motor development, sensory processing, and adaptive behavior differences to help them develop or strengthen skills necessary for daily life activities. Interventions are designed to address each child’s individual needs and reduce environmental barriers limiting participation in family, learning, and community activities.

Social Skills Group

Services focus on creating supportive and inclusive social encounters where children and their families can learn and practice social and interpersonal skills in a fun, safe, and predictable environment that both children and families can enjoy.

Partnership with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

We are grateful for our partnership with the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. Their team provides key staff members to the CHAT program and advice and guidance for our staff.

Dr. Tara Ioffe

Family Practice

Dr. Tara Ioffe is a dedicated and compassionate Board-Certified Family Medicine physician with a strong commitment to providing excellent care to her patients. She obtained her medical degree from Avalon University in Curacao and went on to complete her Family Medicine Residency at the University of Oklahoma. She has worked at the University of Chicago and most recently NorthShore University. She has since returned to Chicago and is thrilled to join the IWS Family Health team in 2023, where she will continue to provide excellent care to her patients.

Throughout her career, Dr. Ioffe has gained experience in diverse medical fields, such as immediate and urgent care medicine while working at NorthShore Immediate Care. She did clinical research at the University of Chicago. Dr. Ioffe strives to foster a secure and inclusive environment for all her patients. She believes in an integrated approach to medicine, dedicating her time to understand each patient’s unique needs.

During her leisure time, Dr. Ioffe indulges in reading a variety of books for pleasure, plays boardgames, and loves to explore Chicago with her spouse and young child.