When children have congenital heart disease (CHD) their road to recovery involves more than recovering from heart surgery. Research shows these children have a higher risk for developmental and learning problems compared to children without CHD. One reason for this is children with some forms of CHD spend an extended amount of time in the hospital recovering during a critical time for brain development. These children do not have the same opportunity to explore their environment as children without CHD.
Herma Heart Center’s Developmental Follow-Up Program was the first program in the U.S. to evaluate the developmental progress of children with CHD as part of their regular care. The program provides a comprehensive evaluation of the child’s growth and progress with developmental skills, including:
- Motor skills.
- Play skills.
- Language development.
If you have any concerns about your child’s development or learning, discuss them with your child’s pediatrician or cardiologist. For more information about the Developmental Follow-Up Program or to make an appointment, call (414) 266-2742.
– Cheryl Brosig Soto, PhD, pediatric psychologist, Herma Heart Center, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Herma Heart Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is one of the nation’s top programs for medical and surgical treatment of congenital heart defects and heart disease in children.