DISABILITY PSYCHOLOGY

DISABILITY PSYCHOLOGY

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Code
67728
ACADEMIC YEAR
2020/2021
CREDITS
8 credits during the 5th year of 9322 TEACHER EDUCATION (LM-85 bis) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
M-PSI/04
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (TEACHER EDUCATION)
semester
2° Semester
Prerequisites
modules
This unit is a module of:
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

The main objective of the course is to contribute to the training of professionals in the field of developmental disorders, who will recognize the dynamic nature of the acquisitions in this area and learn to identify bias and stereotypes.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

To present basic psycological knowledge in the field of developmental disorders and disabilities.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

In details, the specific aims are: a) to introduce the concepts of developmental disorders and disabilities, highlighting their historical evolution, and providing examples related to the students’ experiences; b) to present basic knowledge on the main developmental disorders, their characteristics and known causes, also highlighting the in-progress nature of some knowledge; c) to provide for each type of disability/disorder a picture of the state of art in psychological research; d) to promote the understanding of the relationship between theories, research findings, and assessment and intervention strategies; e) to promote the understanding of the relationship between disability and major life contexts, with particular attention to the school context and to the principles of an inclusive education; f) to analyse in depth learning disorders, with a focus on learning assessment tools and intervention strategies for teachers; g) to support the choice of a specific topic.

At the end of the course students are expected:

a. to acquire the knowledge related to the different the types of disorder

b. to understand the relationship among theoretical approaches, research results, assessment tools and intervention strategies

c. to know how to compare different points of view, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of the different approaches

d. to use an appropriate language, avoiding judgement and stigmatisation, in presenting the contents of the discipline

e. to apply learning contents in planning interventions in school

Teaching methods

The first part of the course will consist mainly in frontal lectures, with constant attention to stimulating requests for clarification and in-depth learning. Results of research, case studies and viewing of films will be used in order to stimulate the association between theory and practice. Moreover, individual exercises and group discussions will be organized in order to stimulate an active participation of the students and to give them feedback regarding their understanding and interpretation of the topics.

During the lectures on learning disabilities at school, team work and case discussion will be employed.

 

 

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Functioning, disability and environmental factors: definition and boundaries according to the WHO classifications.

Icf and developmental profile

The types of disorder/disability: sensory; motor; intellectual disability; autism spectrum disorders;  attention deficit hyperactivity disorders:

  • The medical diagnosis. Causal factors: genetic, pre-natal, peri-natal and post-natal.
  • Cognitive, social, language, emotional-affective development and risk factors.
  • Rehabilitation and educational interventions, with particular reference to the role of the school and of inclusive education.

The life contexts of disabled people: family, school, work environment.

Learning disabilities: theoretical models and intervention strategies at school for reading, writing, and mathematical skills.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

STUDENTS WHO ATTEND THE COURSE

Compulsory textbooks

M. Zanobini, M.C. Usai, Psicologia della disabilità e dei disturbi delle sviluppo. Elementi di riabilitazione e d'intervento. Nuova Edizione aggiornata, Franco Angeli, Milano, 2019.

and

AA.VV., Le Guide Erickson: Dislessia e altri DSA a scuola. Strategie efficaci per gli insegnanti, Erickson, Trento, 2018 (chapters recommended during the course).

Open choice textbooks

Choose a textbook among one of the following topics:

1. Diagnosis and classifications

Zanobini M., Viterbori P., Scopesi A.M. (2015), Le difficoltà e i disturbi del linguaggio attraverso le lenti dell’ICF, Milano, Franco Angeli.

otherwise

D. Ianes, La diagnosi funzionale secondo l’ICF. Il modello OMS, le aree e gli strumenti. Erickson, Trento, 2004.

otherwise

R. Vianello e I.C. Mammarella, Psicologia delle disabilità. Una prospettiva life span, Edizioni Junior, Parma, 2015.

2. The development of visually impaired children

C. Martinoli, E. Delpino, Manuale di riabilitazione visiva per ciechi e ipovedenti, Angeli, Milano, 2009.

3. The development of hearing impaired children

Basili, C. Lanzara, M. Zanobini, Il metodo Drežančić nei bambini dai primi mesi di vita ai tre anni. Guida all’utilizzo delle prime stimolazioni, dei giochi fonici e dei primi vocaboli, Giunti O.S., Firenze, 2011.

otherwise

O. Liverta Sempio, A. Marchetti, F. Lecciso, S. Petrocchi, Competenza sociale e affetti nel bambino sordo, Carocci, Roma, 2006.

3. Autism spectrum disorders

F.R. Volkmar, Disturbi dello spettro autistico, Edra, 2020.

otherwise

S. Leopizzi, P. Vicari, S. Solari, Autismo e acquaticità. Esperienze e percorsi educativi. Erickson, Trento, 2010.

4.intellectual Disabilities and rare syndromes

R. Vianello, Potenziali di sviluppo e di apprendimento nelle disabilità intellettive, Erickson, Trento, 2012.

otherwise

R. Vianello, Disabilità intellettive, Edizioni Junior, Bergamo, 2015.

otherwise

L. Marotta, D. Menghini, S. Vicari (a cura di), Lettura, scrittura e calcolo nella sindrome di Down. Percorsi di intervento, Erickson, Trento, 2011.

otherwise

S. Maggiolini, Le sindromi genetiche rare. Percorsi educativi, Ed. Junior, Bergamo, 2011.

6. The life contexts

S. Di Nuovo, Alunni speciali, bisogni speciali. Interventi psicologici per i BES, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2018.

otherwise

G. Pinto (a cura di) Monografia. Tra scuola e famiglia: transizioni ecologiche e relazioni educative,  Psicologia dell’educazione, 8, 2, 2014.

Supplementary material

Attendant students will find slides and other Didactic material on Aulaweb.

 

STUDENTS WHO DON'T ATTEND THE COURSE (for documented work reasons)

Compulsory textbook

M. Zanobini, M.C. Usai, Psicologia della disabilità e dei disturbi delle sviluppo. Elementi di riabilitazione e d'intervento. Nuova Edizione aggiornata, Franco Angeli, Milano, 2019.

and

AA.VV., Le Guide Erickson: Dislessia e altri DSA a scuola. Strategie efficaci per gli insegnanti, Erickson, Trento, 2018.

and

Open choice textbooks

Choose TWO textbooks among TWO of the previously listed topics

For students who will take exam in english:

D. Goodley, Disability studies. An interdisciplinary introduction: second edition, Sage Publishing, 2016.

Two texts chosen from the following list:

- M. Marschark, P.C. Hauser, How deaf children learn: What parents and teachers need to know. Oxford University Press, Oxford - New York, 2012.

- S. D’Alessio, Inclusive Education in Italy. A critical analysis of the policy of integrazione scolastica, Sense Publisher, Rotterdam, 2011.

- C. Nilholm, Research about inclusive education in 2020 – How can we improve our theories in order to change practice?, European Journal of Special Needs Education, https://doi.org/10.1080/08856257.2020.1754547, 2020.                                                              and                                                                                                                                                      G. Vivanti, M. Prior, K. Williams, C. Dissanayake, Predictors of outcomes in autism early intervention: why don’t we know more? Frontiers in Pediatrics, Child and Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry, 2, 2014.

O.K. de Camargo, L. S., G. M. Ronen, P. L. Rosenbaum, ICF: A Hands-on Approach for Clinicians and Families, Practical Guides from Mac Keith Press, 2019.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: The teacher meets students by appointment via Teams till the end of the emergency. Then, the students meeting will be at DISFOR, Corso Podestà 2, fourth floor, Tuesdays at 10-12. Tel: 01020953705; e-mail: mirella.zanobini@unige.it.

Exam Board

MIRELLA ZANOBINI (President)

ANGELO BEDIN (President Substitute)

LESSONS

Teaching methods

The first part of the course will consist mainly in frontal lectures, with constant attention to stimulating requests for clarification and in-depth learning. Results of research, case studies and viewing of films will be used in order to stimulate the association between theory and practice. Moreover, individual exercises and group discussions will be organized in order to stimulate an active participation of the students and to give them feedback regarding their understanding and interpretation of the topics.

During the lectures on learning disabilities at school, team work and case discussion will be employed.

 

 

LESSONS START

February the 24th, 2021

ORARI

L'orario di tutti gli insegnamenti è consultabile su EasyAcademy.

Vedi anche:

DISABILITY PSYCHOLOGY

EXAMS

Exam description

For attending students (at least 70% attendance) it will be scheduled a written evaluation in itinere on the compulsory textbooks and an oral examination on the chosen text.

For non-attending students (for documented work reasons) it will be scheduled an oral evaluation covering the entire program. 

REPEAT EXAM: Students can attend the exams after regular registration without restrictions in every official sessions. Non-official sessions will NOT be scheduled.

We recommend students who fail the exam more than once to take an appointment with the professor, in order to plan the best study strategies together.

Assessment methods

The oral examination will evaluate text comprehension, acquired knowledge, oral presentation skills, selection of relevant information. It will also be considered the ability to analyse topics in depth and critically interrelate the different sources of knowledge.

The written exam will consist of multiple-choice questions, open-ended questions and completion tasks, in order to assess text comprehension, acquired knowledge, oral presentation skills , selection of relevant information and ability to synthesize. The oral test will assess the ability to analyse topics in depth and critically interrelate the different sources of knowledge.

 

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
20/05/2021 08:30 GENOVA Orale
20/05/2021 08:30 GENOVA registrazione
10/06/2021 08:30 GENOVA Orale
10/06/2021 08:30 GENOVA registrazione
01/07/2021 08:30 GENOVA Orale
01/07/2021 08:30 GENOVA registrazione
15/07/2021 08:30 GENOVA Orale
15/07/2021 08:30 GENOVA registrazione
09/09/2021 08:30 GENOVA Orale
09/09/2021 08:30 GENOVA registrazione

FURTHER INFORMATION

All the students MUST visit the Aulaweb page (www.aulaweb.unige.it) regularly. All the information and materials related to this course are exclusively published on this website.

Any shifts in lectures timetable or office hours will be announced on aulaweb.

Students with DSA, disability or other special educational needs are recommended to contact the teacher at the beginning of the course, in order to organize teaching and assessment, taking in account both the class aims and the student's needs and providing suitable compensatory instruments.

Thesis requests must be made at students’ office hours or by appointment.

The thematic areas for the thesis can cover any topic of the course. Students are encouraged to make specific proposals, accompanied by a bibliography.