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Education Sessions for Heart Parents

Session 3: The Neurodevelopmental Care of Children with CHD and Childhood Development as it Relates to ADHD

Thursday, May 6, 6:30–7:15 pm

Presented by Dr. M. Florencia Ricci, MD, PhD, Developmental Pediatrician, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health at the University of Manitoba

Please join us for our third parent education session on Thursday, May 6, at 6:30 pm, via Zoom. This will be a 30-minute live presentation followed by a 15-minute Q&A (through a chat bar and moderated by a facilitator).

Please RSVP to Sam at saitken@childrensheartnetwork.org to receive the Zoom link. Click HERE to see the planned list of questions. If you would like to have additional questions answered, please add them to the list and our speaker will do their best to accommodate.


During her presentation, Dr. Ricci will review and discuss the current literature on neurodevelopmental outcomes after neonatal complex cardiac surgery and review the importance of long-term neurodevelopmental follow-up and early intervention. Dr. Ricci would also like to give parents the opportunity to discuss any areas they feel more information and research are needed.


Dr. Ricci is co-director of the Manitoba Neonatal Follow-up Clinic and a member of the Western Canadian Complex Pediatric Therapies Follow-up Program. Dr. Ricci completed her subspecialty training and PhD at the University of Alberta, where she studied neurodevelopmental outcomes of children with congenital heart disease. Her work in this area has led to multiple publications and presentations at both local and international conferences. Recently, she was invited to be a member of the Neurodevelopmental Section of the 2023 World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery Organizing Committee. Through her clinical practice and research, Dr. Ricci continues to work on improving the neurodevelopmental outcomes of children with congenital heart disease.