cod. 16064

Academic year 2013/14
2° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Psicologia clinica (M-PSI/08)
A scelta dello studente
Type of training activity
Student's choice
28 hours
of face-to-face activities
4 credits
course unit
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Learning objectives

Students are expected to be able to have knowledge of main concepts ( diagnosis, etiology, psychological functioning) of Intellectual Developmental Disabilities, with specific focus on Down Syndrome and Fragile X Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorders with specific focus on Autism (Syndrome).
Within the theoretical framework of Behaviour Analysis students are still expected to have knowledge of the behavioural strategies, methodologies and tecniques, and to be able to set up a treatment hypotesis aimed to change patients disfunctional behaviours.


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Course unit content

Disability: historical excursus and current topics

Mental Retardation (Intellectual Developemental Disabilities):
- Diagnostic criteria
- Etiology
- Functional and Cognitive impairement / deficit
- Psychometric and Behavioural assessment
1 Down Syndrom
- Etiology
- Cognitive developement: experimental and clinical examples
2 Fragile X Syndrome:
- Etiology
- Psychological and Behavioural characteristics (è meglio di feature, in questo senso)

Pervasive Developmental Disorders:
- Diagnostic creteria
- Autism Etiology
- Cognitive traits in Autism : experimental examples
- Miths and Evidence-based Treatments for Autism
- Outcome research in the treatment of Autism

The Family:
- Common psychological reactions
- Stress
- Parent-training Introduction

Behavioural Treatments:
- Introduction to ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis)
- Treatment Planning Interventions for Mental Retardation and Autism
- Main Techniques for Behavioural Change

Full programme

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Foxx R. (1995). Tecniche base del metodo comportamentale (3 ed.). Trento: Erickson.

Truzoli R. (2011). ABA e riabilitazione psichiatrica. Milano: FrancoAngeli.

Provision of the slides used during the course.

In-dept (Optional)
Maurice C. (2005). Intervento precoce per bambini con autismo. Bergamo: Edizioni Junior
Perini S. e Bijou S.W. (1993). Lo sviluppo del bambino ritardato. Milano: FrancoAngeli

Teaching methods

Clinical Case Discussion

Assessment methods and criteria

- Writing Test (multiple choice test even on simple clinical case)

Other information

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