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Thanks to advances in care, children born with heart defects are living happier, healthier lives than ever before. However, having a heart defect still puts them at higher risk for developmental, behavioral and learning challenges during childhood and into adulthood.

At Atrium Health Levine Children’s, we help kids and their families face these challenges head-on. Our cardiac neurodevelopmental program provides an all-inclusive approach to care that helps children like yours reach behavioral and developmental milestones and build the futures they deserve.

Our program was established in 2017, with vital support from The HEARTest Yard and former Carolina Panthers player Greg Olsen and his wife Kara. We were the first of our kind in the region and continue to provide a level of care and expertise that’s only available here. Plus, you can feel confident knowing your child’s care is part of a nationally recognized heart program and connected to the region’s only children’s hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report.

Patient care

If your child has a high-risk heart disease, they’re also at a higher risk for neurodevelopmental challenges. It’s important for them to get the evaluation and care they need as soon as possible. Through early intervention, we can establish a baseline, identify areas of concern and put them on track for a bright future.

Who should be evaluated

According to the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, your child should receive a neurodevelopmental assessment if they have:

  • Open-heart surgery during the first year of life
  • A heart condition leading to decreased oxygen levels
  • Other risk factors associated with congenital heart disease

Visit our FAQs for a more complete list of who should get follow-up care.

Concerns treated

Congenital heart defects can lead to developmental, behavioral and learning challenges, including psychosocial and mood-related issues. In addition to physical, occupational, and speech therapy evaluations, we offer school support and academic readiness to help your child learn and thrive.

Some common areas of concern we address are:

  • Feeding and nutrition
  • Motor skills (fine and gross)
  • Behavior
  • Sensory processing difficulties
  • Executive functions
  • Mood (anxiety and depression)
  • Family stress
  • Sleeping
  • Language
  • Learning and academics
  • Attention
  • Memory
  • Social skills
  • Transitioning into adulthood

An All-Inclusive Approach to Care

From our highly specialized team to our whole-family support, see what makes our cardiac neurodevelopmental program unique and learn more about how we got started.

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Frequently asked questions

Referring providers

Thank you for considering Levine Children's for your patient. It's our honor to work with you to ensure they get the best care possible. To make a referral, please call 704-373-1813.

Our providers

Congenital heart conditions affect more than the heart. That’s why, in addition to the providers listed below, your child’s care team might also include neuropsychologists; speech, occupational and physical therapists; social workers and nutritionists – all working together to help your child succeed.