The CHAT Prevention Model

The Child-centered Health & Advanced Therapies (CHAT) program provides comprehensive, bilingual developmental and behavioral health services that address the needs of underserved children and their families. It coordinates child development services across departments and enables timely interventions for our young patients who are at risk for developmental delays.

In addition to screenings and assessments, CHAT integrates the following services:

Speech Therapy builds language skills both for speaking and understanding, identifies types of communication problems and models correct sounds and syllables in words and sentences for a child, often during play activities.

Occupational therapy helps people to develop the functional skills necessary to complete everyday activities such as eating, dressing and living independently. Occupational therapy interventions can help children with disabilities participate fully in school and in social situations.

Vision Therapy improves skills such as eye movement control, eye coordination, and focus – all of which are important to enhance a child’s performance in school. Many studies show that vision therapy can correct vision problems that interfere with efficient reading and learning.

Social Skills Group for Children with Special Needs provides children and their families with an opportunity to learn and practice social and interpersonal skills in a fun group environment that both children and families enjoy.

Parent Drop-in Support Group supports parents with the day-to-day activities of raising children and provides information that can help parents understand child developmental milestones, such as language development, school readiness, getting along with other kids, as well as discipline and improving parent self-care.

Child and Adolescent Counseling Services (CACS) (through the Family Services Division)

Child Psychiatry (through the Family Services Division)

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, as well as advice and guidance.