14196 - Child Neuropsychiatry II

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Docente: Annio Posar
  • Credits: 2
  • SSD: MED/39
  • Language: Italian
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Ravenna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Speech and Language Therapy (cod. 9080)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student knows the main evaluation methods and related tools that contribute to the diagnostic framework of the main neurological and neuropsychiatric diseases of the developmental age.

Course contents


1) Notions on the psychomotor development in the first years of life, including notes on the anatomical and functional organization of the central nervous system.

2) Normal language development in the first years of life.

3) Theories concerning the acquisition of language. The development of language functions.

4) Language disorders:

    -- classifications

    -- articulation disorder

    -- secondary disorders due to hearing deficits, intellectual disability, psychiatric disorders, social and environmental deficits

    -- specific or primary language disorders.

5) Evaluation criteria of language development.

6) The treatment of the child with language disorder.

7) Specific learning disabilities, in particular reading and writing disorders.


Recommended texts:

1) In Maurizio De Negri: Neuropsicopatologia dello sviluppo, Piccin-Nuova Libraria Editore, 1999, Maurizio De Negri and Silvia Tortorelli: "Sviluppo e patologia della funzione verbale", pp. 109-122.

2) In Glauco Mastrangelo: Manuale di Neuropsichiatria dell'Età Evolutiva, Il Pensiero Scientifico Editore, 1993, Anna Maria Chilosi and Paola Cipriani: "I disturbi del linguaggio", pp. 561-592.

3) Michele Roccella: Neuropsichiatria dell'Infanzia e dell'Adolescenza, second edition, Piccin, 2019.

Teaching methods

Frontal lessons (in presence and/or remotely) using PowerPoint presentations.

Attending the lessons is very important for the learning and therefore for the exam.

Assessment methods

Oral exam, consisting of two questions, designed to assess the achievement of the following learning objectives:

- knowledge of the normal and pathological development of language;

- knowledge of the main language disorders and related diagnostic tools;

- knowledge of the learning disorders and related diagnostic tools;

- knowledge of some general concepts concerning the speech therapy.

The exam will be passed if the result will be al least sufficient, that is 18/30. The highest grade will be 30 cum laude and it will be obtained by answering the questions appropriately with good abilities to show and rehash the covered topics.

Gradation of the final grade:

Preparation on a very limited number of topics covered in the course and analytical skills that emerge only with the help of the teacher, expression in an overall correct language → 18-19;
Preparation on a limited number of topics covered in the course and ability of autonomous analysis only on purely executive matters, expression in correct language → 20-24;
Preparation on a large number of topics covered in the course, ability to make independent choices of critical analysis, mastery of specific terminology → 25-29;
Basically exhaustive preparation on the topics covered in the course, ability to make autonomous choices of critical analysis and connection, full mastery of specific terminology and ability to argue and self-reflection → 30-30L.

Each topic covered in class can be examined. Aids will only be possible in specific cases according to the regulations in force.

Teaching tools

During the lessons, lecture notes on the topics covered will be provided to students in the form of a file with a .pdf extension.

Office hours

See the website of Annio Posar


Good health and well-being

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.