Thanks to advances in care, kids born with congenital heart defects are living happier, healthier lives than ever before. As these kids grow up, we’ve learned that having heart surgery during childhood may lead to learning issues and developmental challenges.

Atrium Health Levine Children’s is helping kids and teens overcome these issues through a comprehensive cardiac neurodevelopmental program that was established with vital support from the Greg Olsen Foundation. Our specialized doctors will support your child as they grow up to help them reach their full potential. We encourage families to come to us in the first year after their child’s heart surgery, even if their surgery wasn’t at Levine Children’s.

Make an appointment

We welcome patients from across the region to our neurodevelopmental program. To learn more about our program or to schedule an appointment, contact us at 704-373-1813.

Comprehensive evaluation

Neurodevelopmental challenges can arise at any time in life. The sooner we can address these challenges, the more we can help your child. We offer comprehensive developmental evaluations for anyone with congenital heart problems – whether they had surgery months ago or even decades ago.

First, we do a series of evaluations that test things like your child’s motor skills and brain function. Then we’ll do additional tests every few years to look for issues like:

  • Anxiety
  • Attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Behavioral issues
  • Delayed motor skill development
  • Depression
  • Learning differences
  • Memory problems
  • Speech disorders

Specialized treatment and care

If we discover that your child has learning issues or developmental problems, we’ll connect them with specialists including:

  • Speech, physical and occupational therapists. These experts help with everything from infant feeding problems to improving motor skills.
  • Neuropsychologists. These specialists can identify learning differences and work with kids, parents and teachers to overcome them.
  • Social workers. Social workers can help families with things like counseling, financial support and transportation.

We can also connect families from out of town with social workers and therapists in their area so their kids can get the care they need close to home.

Why choose Levine Children's?

  • Specialized doctors. While some neurodevelopmental teams see children with all sorts of conditions, our team only sees kids who have developmental delays as a result of heart problems. This gives us the expertise to know exactly what type of care your child needs.

  • Lifelong care. We monitor kids as they grow up to ensure that their brain development is on track and detect any issues as soon as they arise. We encourage patients of any age to get an evaluation, especially young adults who were born with congenital heart problems. Thanks to advances in care for this age group, we can help you make a few simple changes that can have a big impact on your life.

  • State-of-the-art clinic. Our neurodevelopmental program is located in space built specially to meet our patient’s needs. This includes advanced equipment for brain evaluations and comfortable rooms for counseling. We even have a kitchen area, where we can help parents learn to feed and care for small children who have feeding problems.

  • Help for parents and siblings. When your child has a serious heart problem, it impacts the whole family. We help parents understand their child’s needs and give them tips on things like how to help siblings cope and how to balance time between a child in the hospital and their siblings at home.

  • Supportive services. From pet therapy to child life specialists, our patients have access to a wide variety of supportive services to tend to every aspect of their health.

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New Pediatric Cardiac Neurodevelopment Program Provides Patients an All-Inclusive Team Approach

Through a cardiac neurodevelopment program partially funded by former Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, pediatric patients receive holistic care beyond their hearts.

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Charlotte, NC 28203

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