Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program

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Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program
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Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program
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Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program

Leaders in Helping Kids Grow Up Strong

Children born with serious heart and vascular conditions have unique needs as they grow — especially those who’ve had heart surgery in their first year of life or long hospitalizations. 

Nemours Children’s cardiac neurodevelopmental team helps kids live healthier lives. We identify and address developmental, learning, emotional and behavioral problems early so kids can grow up strong and happy.

We know how cardiovascular conditions affect a child, and family. As part of a renowned, award-winning pediatric heart center in Delaware, we work side by side, every day, with cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiologists, electrophysiologists, interventional cardiologists, cardiovascular genetics specialists, and more who treat the rarest, most complex conditions. 

Our psychology team is awarded and recognized around the world as leaders and researchers who shape the model of neurodevelopmental care for kids with congenital heart defects. We empower children and families to build their healthiest lives, physically and emotionally. 

Our Services

The Nemours cardiac neurodevelopmental team includes experts in cardiac psychology, neuropsychology, rehabilitation therapy, social work, Child Life and others who tailor care to your child. 

Our services start even before a baby is born to help support families and prepare for birth. We’re here during hospitalization and throughout your child’s life up to age 40. We offer a variety of assessments, therapies and resources to help improve:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Attention
  • Behavior
  • Daily living activities 
  • Family stress
  • Feeding and swallowing 
  • Learning and academics
  • Memory
  • Motor skills
  • Sensory processing 
  • Sleep
  • Social and interpersonal skills
  • Speech and language 
  • Transition to adulthood

Two Leading Pediatric Heart Centers

Our heart centers offer highly advanced, integrated care just for kids and young adults with congenital heart disease. Learn about our focused programs, innovative research and exceptional outcomes.  

Conditions & Treatments

We see many conditions — far too many to list here. The conditions we treat vary depending on the location and providers selected. Don’t see a condition listed? Call us.

Supporting Your Child’s Neurodevelopmental Health From the Start

We’re here for your family as your child grows, from infancy and early childhood to adolescence and adulthood. We check in regularly to help your child develop along with their peers.


Number of kids we’ve helped after heart surgery


Maximum age, in years, we can see patients with congenital heart disease


Year Nemours began offering cardiac-specific neurodevelopmental care

Our program, called the Cardiac Learning and Early Development (LEAD) Program, is well established. We were among the earliest to offer this care to kids with heart disease. 

Our team includes the first psychologist to earn a prestigious award for outstanding commitment to improving neurodevelopmental outcomes of children with heart disease.

We’re researching how congenital heart defects affect families and creating programs that improve neurodevelopment health in children, even before birth.

Your child sees the same team, who knows them and their unique condition, for a whole lifetime of care. 

Meet the Team

The Nemours cardiac neurodevelopmental team is experienced and focused on your child's healthiest future. Meet them now. 

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Convenient Follow-Up Appointments by Video

We offer follow-up appointments through scheduled, live video visits. You can avoid waiting rooms and save travel time. Ask your doctor if this is an option for your family.