cod. 1007910

Academic year 2023/24
2° year of course - First semester
Professor responsible for the course unit
integrated course unit
3 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Course unit structured in the following modules:

Learning objectives

Childhood neuropsychiatry:
At the end of the learning course, students are expected to be able to:
* to know and detect the main etiopathogenic basis of speech disorders and intellectual disability, secondary to predisponing conditions, such as prematurity, perinatal brain damage, and other conditions occurring in pediatric age.
* to know the basis of healthy pediatric nutrition in health and disease, in order to prevent micro-and macro-nutrients deficiencies, wich in turn may be linked to cognitive and executive dysfunctions.
* to know and detect the main clinical features of Autism spectrum disorders
1) Gaining knowledge and understanding of the psychopathology of the psychiatric disorders addressed during classes
2) Capacity to apply such understanding: e.g., Developing the ability to early recognize and appropriately refer to specialist psychiatric counselling or treatment patients endorsing psychopathology.


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Course unit content

Childhood neuropsychiatry:
Expanded newborn screening
Premature Newborns
Principles of neonatal resuscitation
Congenital Deafness
Screening of congenital deafness
Principles of Pediatric Nutrition
Principles of Nutrition of children with special needs
Mental delay
Infantile Cerebral Palsy
Autism spectrum disorders: diagnosis, genetics, therapy
Classes will deal with the clinical manifestations and treatment approaches of major psychiatric disorders: Mood Disorders (Depressive and Bipolar Disorders); Anxiety Disorders (Phobias, Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder); Schizophrenia; eating Disorders

Full programme

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Power point slides showed during classes will be provided to all students through the Elly platform.

Teaching methods

Lectures will be held on-site in compliance with safety standards, provided that further instructions on a potential novel health emergency are not implemented. Supporting material will be available on the specific, student-reserved platform (Elly)

Assessment methods and criteria

Childhood neuropsychiatry:
Oral examination and questions on issues presented and discussed during the classes
Multiple-choice written test, with 30 questions. Students will need to provide at least 18 correct answers to pass the examination. The final mark will be computed according to the proportion of the correct answers to the remaining questions. No penalties will be applied in case of incorrect answers. The test will last 20 minutes. In case of a novel health emergency, the test will be held on the Team and Elly platforms.

Other information

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