Cardio Neurodevelopment Program

Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome Collaborative

Arkansas Children's Hospital Cardio Neurodevelopmental Program (CNP) is a member of the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome Collaborative (CNOC). 

CNOC is a multicenter, multinational, multidisciplinary group of healthcare professionals committed to working together and partnering with families to optimize neurodevelopmental outcomes for individuals with pediatric congenital heart disease through clinical, quality, and research initiatives, intending to maximize the quality of life across the lifespan.

To learn more about CNOC, visit

Programs & Services

Our follow-up program offers:

  • Developmental assessments
  • Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Speech/Language Therapy
  • Psychological support for coping with medical conditions, quality of life and emotional functioning issues
  • Program Coordinator who works closely with families
  • Assistance with Individual Education Program (IEP) plans for school
  • Educational achievement assessments

Your Visit to the Cardiology Clinic

Developmental evaluations are assessments of a child's skills. They provide information about children's strengths and weaknesses. They are also used to track developmental progress and determine if the child is in need of additional therapy services.

Testing will take place at the Arkansas Children's Cardiology Clinic and lasts approximately two hours. We recommend that children wear their glasses or hearing aids if they have them and are well-rested and fed on the morning of the appointment. Feel free to bring items (books, toys) from home to occupy your child during the wait time.

The type of testing is based on the child's age and need. Testing may involve play-based activities and asking questions of caregivers on the child's communication, daily skills, socialization and motor skills. Testing may also involve assessing the child's educational growth.

In addition, you will meet with the cardio neurodevelopment program coordinator who will be key in connecting your child with recommended therapies and help in navigating community resources as needed.

Following your child's appointment, a summary of your child's assessment results will be sent to your primary care provider, your primary cardiologist and any other health care team members you request. This ensures a coordinated team approach to your child's care.

To schedule an appointment or if you have questions about the Cardio Neurodevelopmental Program, contact:

Telephone: 501-364-1932
Fax: 501-364-5869

Barbara Schmid, BS, CCRP, CRS
Cardio-Neurodevelopment Program Coordinator

Arkansas Children's Hospital
1 Children's Way | Slot 667 | Little Rock, AR 72202
501-364-1932 direct | 501-364-5869 fax