93213 - Cognitive Disturbances in Developmental Disorders

Course Unit Page

  • Teacher Stefania Millepiedi

  • Credits 6

  • SSD MED/39

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Cesena

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Neurosciences and neuro-psychological rehabilitation (cod. 0989)

  • Course Timetable from Mar 09, 2022 to Apr 13, 2022


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

Good health and well-being

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

Principal aims: Course concerns the developmental disorders and psychopathological conditions in childhood and adolescence. The epidemiology, aetiology, differential diagnosis, diagnostic tools, prognosis and treatments of each disorder are described. In addition to the clinical description of each disorder, the course is focused on the evolution of clinical phenotypes in relation to the mental and chronological age and the interaction between different clinical disorders. The comorbidity and differential diagnosis between different neuro developmental disorders are underlined.

Secondary aims: The second aim is to facilitate students’ active reflection, to stimulate discussion with teacher and to facilitate the acquisition of technical vocabulary.

Course contents

The course takes place in the second semester (from March to May 2022) and is aimed at students of the first year of the Master. Classes are held at the Department of Psychology, Campus Cesena (FC), Piazza Aldo Moro, 90. Students can also attend lectures remotely using the software Teams.

1. Neurodevelopmental disorders : mental retardation, autism spectrum disorder, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, motor disabilities

2. Psychopathological disorders in childhood: Schizophrenia, Bipolar disorder, depressive disorder, anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder

3. Psychopharmacology in childhood and Adolescence


Personal notes taken during the lesson, slides, handouts given to the end of the course, scientific papers, supplementary materials

Teaching methods

discussion of clinical cases and discussion of scientific articles

Assessment methods

The examination concerns the student’s ability to formulate a diagnosis of the main cognitive and affective developmental disorders and to choose diagnostic tools. The test, lasting one hour,includes three written questions (rating 0-10 for each answer)relevant to the topics covered in class .

The student is required to complete the online registration (Almaesami) within the terms in order to be admitted to the exam. In the case of technical problems the student is required to promptly contact the Segreteria Studenti and email prof. Millepiedi (within the terms) who will consider the request and decide about the admission.

Teaching tools

Videos of clinical cases
Protocols of neuropsychological tests

Office hours

See the website of Stefania Millepiedi