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:
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.
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.
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.
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.