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Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program

Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program

Children who have had cardiac surgery during infancy may experience delays affecting their learning, thinking, and movement (gross and fine motor) abilities. Close developmental follow-up is recommended by the American Heart Association and American Academy of Pediatrics to track your child’s growth and identify ways to support their needs.

Our clinic offers close developmental screening, evaluation, and follow-up to help support your child’s development and growth. The first three years of life are critical for brain developmental and overall functioning. Identifying developmental delays early will help your child receive intervention services that can improve your child’s developmental skills and quality of life. Developmental testing will also allow for your care team to make appropriate referrals for various treatment services, as needed.

A history of dedication to making life better for children

For more than 100 years, Children’s Health has been dedicated to making life better for children, including lifelong care of congenital heart disease. Building off the success of similar efforts for other conditions, we are developing a comprehensive program to identify children at risk for development delays then connecting them and their families with the full range of specialized care and support available at Children’s Health.

Parent Resources

Learn more about the program with our frequently asked questions and what you can expect at your child's development testing appointment .