Center for Speech and Language Disorders

Center for Speech and Language Disorders
Therapy That Makes A Difference

820 North Orleans Street Suite 217
Chicago, IL 60610

630-652-0200 310-D South Main Street
Lombard, IL 60148

Helping Individuals Reach Their Full Potential

Social Communication Services


The speech-language pathologist will provide a comprehensive assessment of speech and language skills, looking at pragmatic language in depth. The goal is to determine the strengths and weaknesses in one’s ability to use language for different purposes, change language according to the needs of a listener or situation, and follow the rules for conversations and storytelling. To learn more about pragmatic language, click here.


The evaluation will be used to set goals and tailor a treatment plan to the individual client’s needs. We offer 1:1 intervention for clients of all ages and intensive programs with peers for elementary, middle and high school students.

1:1 Therapy:

Every client is unique and requires a different type of treatment program to meet his or her needs. Clinicians may use a combination of student-centered and more structured approaches to intervention. The early stages of treatment might involve simply increasing the client’s ability to stay regulated, engage and relate to the communication partner, initiate basic intentional interaction and communication, and establish interactions with increasingly continuous “back and forth” between communication partners. Clinicians may use strategies such as these:

  • Follow the client’s lead and find out what "get’s your child cookin’"! What activities and objects are exciting and motivating for communication?
  • Use affect to increase emotional interest.
  • Utilize playful obstruction (i.e., challenge the child to respond by playfully getting in the way of what the child wants to do) to increase engagement and response; even grunts, pointing, stomping feet, and reaching are good attempts at communicating and engaging in back-and-forth communication.
  • Work to increase the volume of back-and-forth communication exchanges.
  • Incorporate motor and sensory play.
  • Scaffold students into higher levels of skill.
  • As clients progress, the therapist might incorporate more structured techniques such as visual schedules, social stories, and role-playing, and might recommend practice with peers.
  • CSLD offers an intensive Social Communication Program focused on peer-to-peer communication.

Social Communication Program

Does your child have difficulty...

  • Using eye contact?
  • Listening to or engaging with others?
  • Interpreting facial expressions, body language, or other nonverbal social cues?
  • Starting and maintaining a conversation?
  • Taking turns during conversation or play?
  • Compromising or cooperating with others?
  • Coping with transitions or changes in routine?

The Center for Speech and Language Disorders’ Social Communication Program may be able to help!

The program is available to students ages 5 through high school who have social communication deficits. We believe the following areas are critical for students to develop successful social communication skills:

  • Conversational Skills: Using language to take part in reciprocal and meaningful exchanges (engagement, topic maintenance, topic initiation, turn-taking, listening, etc.)
  • Self-Regulation Skills: Managing one's own feelings and/or sensory, motor planning, and visual-spatial issues
  • Cooperation Skills: Problem-solving, compromising, and understanding others' perspectives to establish and maintain relationships
  • Generalization Skills: To communicate effectively across social situations and to adjust social behaviors to meet the listener's needs and environmental conditions

In order to improve these skills, we have taken a unique approach that combines both structured explicit teaching and student-centered activities, while incorporating gross motor and sensory experiences. Student-centered activities provide natural opportunities for students to apply taught skills in a meaningful way with their peers. During class time, therapists recognize "teachable moments" and tailor teaching methods to accommodate each student's unique developmental and individual differences in line with the DIR/Floortime model (Greenspan).

Class Structure

  • The program consists of 20 classes
  • Each class is 90 minutes in length
  • There are 6-8 students in each class, grouped appropriately by age.
  • Two speech-language pathologists and one classroom aide instructs each class.
  • Each student receives individualized intervention, in addition to small group-work, which enables him or her to practice using social skills with other peers.
  • The student's parent/guardian is required to attend a pre-program in-service and meet weekly, during a pre-scheduled time, with the speech-language pathologist.
  • Classes are held in the summer, fall and winter. Space is limited and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.


Chicago Office:
820 N. Orleans St., Suite 217
Chicago, IL 60654

Lombard Office:
310-D South Main Street
Lombard, IL 60148

To register or receive more information, contact 630-652-0200 or email [email protected]

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Past SCP Participants Have Said…

“He is happier and making and receiving phone calls from peers now. He is learning to regulate his behaviors too.”
“The program’s curriculum is one of the best I’ve seen…I always knew what was covered and had detailed suggestions as to how to reinforce the skills at home. Simply outstanding!”
“His confidence in his conversational skills has grown considerably. During a conversation, you can see the wheels turning as he thinks of the skills he has learned, and then applies them.”
“I knew I had brain power, but now I have friendship power!.”