Bachelor's degree in Speech and Language Therapy (to qualify as a speech and language therapist)

Assessment and rehabilitation area speech therapy in child neuropsychiatry - NEUROPSICHIATRIA INFANTILE

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Alessandro Simonati
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LOGO 2^ ANNO - 1^ SEMESTRE dal Oct 3, 2016 al Nov 18, 2016.

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Lesson timetable


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Learning outcomes



Development: Definition
1. A-Principles of Development: a. determinism in development: genetic determination and species-specificity; b. factors influencing developmental trajectories: intrinsic factors (e.g. CNS structures organization and connectivity) vs extrinsic factors (pre- and post-natal enviromental cues).
B-Development of CNS Structures as Biological Foundation of Neurological and Psychological functions; Role of the Environment-development of neuromuscular structures, of sensory organs, of CNS;-pre- and post-natal development of functions;-relationship between CNS development, functional activities and enviroment as to the maturation of competences -the mature brain from functional standpoints: the cognitive brain, the social brain, the emotional brain.
2. Timeline of Child Development and Onset of Functions: Pre-Natal period; Early Post-Natal period; The First and Second year: organizers of intra-psychic life; the individualization/separation; the attachment; Pre-School age and onset of social activities; School age and learning abilities. Definition of Function as compared to Competence: Movement, Cognition, Social Activities and Communication; Emotion and their recognition, Play abilities.
3. Language: speech and language definitions; principles of neurobiology; development of language: universal speech production vs language-specific speech production; speech perception; timeline of language and speech progression; speech disorders vs language disorders: primary (genetically determined) language disorders; speech disorders (speech production and reception); speech regression in infancy.
4. Neurodevelopmental Disorders: language and speech-related issues. Intellectual Disability; Autistic Spectrum Disorder; Specific Language Impairment.
5. Neurological Disorders in Childhood and related isssues: speech function, oral praxias (chewing, swallowing, drooling, etc). Static Encephalopathies; Progressive Encephalopathies; Neuromuscular Disorders.
6. Childhood Psychopathology

Assessment methods and criteria

Multiple-choice test (18 items); 2 short assays related to 2 specific issues. Duration: 90 minutes

multiple-choice test: correct answer: score 1; partially correct answer: score fractions of 1; invalid answer: score 0;
the score obtained by the sum of the answers is normalized according to a correction factor.
short assay: score 1 (or fractions) to according to the quality and appropriateness of the assay


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