Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Inpatient Program

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Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Inpatient Program

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With expert care at the hospital bedside, our young heart patients can begin their neurodevelopmental journey as quickly as possible.

For many families, neurodevelopmental care starts when their child is admitted to the hospital. Our Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Inpatient Program partners with you and your child’s care team to create a developmentally supportive environment in your hospital room. Your child's team will include a pediatric intensive care physician, advanced practice providers, a psychologist, child life therapists, music therapists and physical, occupational and speech-language therapists.


Neurodevelopmental care at your child’s hospital bedside

Developmental care aims to improve neurodevelopmental outcomes by making small changes in the hospital environment and supporting infant-caregiver interactions. Some of these approaches include:

  • Holding your baby
  • Turning and positioning your baby
  • Learning your baby’s cues 
  • Strategies to decrease pain
  • Adjusting room lighting and noise levels
  • Using music to soothe
  • Age-appropriate play and learning strategies 

Developmental care rounds

Developmental care rounds give you a chance to meet with your child’s specialists to discuss your child’s developmental goals and strategies. Rounds are held weekly in the Heart Center with the Developmental Care Team, you and your baby, and your bedside nurse. At your baby’s bedside, we help you form a developmental goal to meet your baby’s unique needs. This goal is then shared with your baby’s team enabling our team of specialists to help you and your baby reach your developmental goal. 

How to enroll

The Developmental Care Team is available to meet with patients who are hospitalized in the Heart Center. To request developmental care rounds for your child, please ask your nurse or physician to place a referral with the Developmental Care Team. 

Meet the Care Team