Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Follow-Up Program

Akron Children’s Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Follow-Up Program, which is part of the NeuroDevelopmental Science Center, provides evaluation and treatment for children who had early heart surgery. Read More...

Smith Grace
Grace Smith, MD, FACC
Director, Heart Center Mahoning Valley; Associate Director, Pediatric Arrhythmia Center Co-Director, Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Clinic

Stanford Lisa
Lisa Stanford, PhD, ABPP/CN
Pediatric Neuropsychologist Director, Division of Neurobehavioral Health Neuropsychology Clinical Training Director

Breedlove Kristen
Kristen Breedlove, PA-C, MPAS
Physician Assistant, Cardiac Procedures Manager



Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Akron Children’s Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Follow-Up Program:

  • Is the only neurodevelopmental congenital heart program in northeast Ohio
  • Treats neurocognitive problems in patients with complex congenital heart disease
  • Treats patients from infancy through adulthood

Services are covered by insurance and Community Medicaid.


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Overview

As a collaborative effort between the Heart Center and Neurobehavioral Health program, the clinic is staffed by a pediatric cardiologist and a pediatric neuropsychologist. These specialists provide a comprehensive evaluation to identify the early intervention services these children need to aid their growth and development.

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What To Expect

Children referred to our program receive a complete evaluation of their abilities and testing for developmental impact in these areas:

  • Cognitive functioning
  • Gross and fine motor skills
  • Play and social skills
  • Attention
  • Speech and language development
  • Behavior
  • Memory and learning
  • Academic performance in reading, writing and math

Following the evaluation, our neurobehavioral specialists will meet with you to discuss results and treatment recommendations as well as provide you with a written summary. We also send a report of your child’s visits and the care provided to your child’s pediatrician.

If additional resources are needed to help your child, our team will provide appropriate referrals.

Following the evaluation, our neurobehavioral specialists will meet with you to discuss results and treatment recommendations as well as provide you with a written summary. We also send a report of your child’s visits and the care provided to your child’s pediatrician. Other referrals will be provided as needed.

Referral and Follow-Up Schedule

We recommend that babies and toddlers be evaluated every 6 months through age 3 years, then once a year thereafter until at least age 6 years.

If an appointment is not made before you leave the hospital following your child’s heart surgery, you may be referred to our program by your pediatric cardiologist, your child’s pediatrician or your family doctor.

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