Developmental screening of children diagnosed with congenital heart defects
Heart Defects, Congenital
Children with congenital heart disease (CHD) are more likely than normal children to have developmental delays. The development of 64 children with CHD less than 6 years old was screened with the Denver II. Thirty-five of the 64 children had CHD that required surgical or catheter intervention. These 35 children were significantly less likely than other children with CHD to be normal on developmental screening (46% vs 86%, respectively). Thirty-four percent of children with more severe CHD were referred for early intervention. As research shows the efficacy of early intervention, results indicate the need for early developmental evaluation of children with CHD of hemodynamic significance.