The AAP Program to Enhance the Health and Development of Infants and Children is partnering with the CDC National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities to offer a webinar entitled “Neurodevelopmental and Psychosocial Issues in Children with Congenital Heart Defects: Expected Not Accepted” on Thursday, November 12th from 2-3pm CT. The aim is to educate pediatricians and child health providers about birth defects and modifiable risk factors.
Children with Congenital Heart Defects (CHDs) are at increased risk of developmental delay. Likewise, children with many types of CHDs receive special education services more often than children without birth defects. Systematic neurodevelopmental surveillance, screening, evaluation, and reevaluation throughout childhood is important to assess academic, behavioral, psychosocial, and adaptive functioning. Early deficit identification and appropriate interventions can help children achieve optimal outcomes. Webinar faculty will summarize current evidence related to children with CHDs and developmental issues, review the importance of periodic screening and evaluation, and present strategies for clinical and educational professionals to enhance outcomes for children with CHDs.