Neurodevelopmental Outcome in Children with Down Syndrome and Congenital Heart Defects
Principal Investigator: Jeannie Visootsak, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Approximately 50% of all individuals with Down Syndrome (DS) have congenital heart defects (CHD). Of the CHD, atrioventricular septal defect (AVSD) is the most common. AS with DS and AVSD increasingly survive cardiac surgery and consequently live longer, characterization of their early developmental trajectories (cognitive, motor, language, and social) is critical in designing early interventions to maximize their potential. The goal of our project is to address an important area in our understanding of the very early developmental profiles of children with DS and AVSD compared to age-matched children with DS without CHD.