NPSM003 (CPY6126) Neurodevelopmental disorders


The unit introduces students to the main issues surrounding the aetiology and symptomatology of neurodevelopmental disorders. Extensive reference will be made to neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorders, foetal alcohol syndrome disorder, motor disorders ( tic disorders and Tourette syndrome), traumatic brain injury (cerebral palsy), communication, speech and language disorders, genetic disorders (fragile-X syndrome), Down syndrome, Williams syndrome and Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Special attention will be paid to the changes that have been made in DSM-V criteria and the impact that it has on the diagnosis and prevalence of neurodevelopmental disorders. Differential diagnoses and comorbidity issues will be discussed. Finally, individualised intervention methods will be explored in various neurodevelopmental disorders.

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Neuropsychology (jointly with York University) (in English)


Assist. Prof. Maria Tziraki, PhD
Assoc. Prof. Elena Andonova, Ph.D
Asst. Prof. Mihaela Barokova, Ph.D

Course Description:


Students who complete this course:

1) will know:

The fundamental theoretical concepts in developmental neuropsychology; aetiology and symptomatology of neurodevelopmental disorders ; the importance of using scientific diagnostic criteria ; intervention methods used in neurodevelopmental disorders

2) will be able to:

Use scientific criteria to diagnose and treat developmental disorders;

Understand and apply the concepts of differential diagnoses and comorbidity.

Critically appraise and develop intervention methods for neuropsychological disorders.

Appreciate individual differences in neuropsychological disorders.

Students are required to have the following knowledge and/or skills:

• no

Full-time Programmes

Types of Courses:

Language of teaching:


  1. Diagnostic criteria – comorbidity and differential diagnosis – cultural impact.
  2. Autism spectrum disorders (symptoms – causes – treatment)
  3. Intellectual disabilities – Down Syndrome (symptoms – causes – treatment)
  4. Consolidation
  5. Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (symptoms – causes – treatment)
  6. Workshop on case studies and interventions - Genetic disorders (e. g., fragile-X syndrome, Williams syndrome) (symptoms – causes – treatment)
  7. Motor disorders ( tic disorders and Tourette syndrome) (symptoms – causes – treatment)
  8. Communication, speech and language disorders (symptoms – causes – treatment)
  9. Traumatic brain injury (cerebral palsy) (symptoms – causes – treatment)
  10. Revision


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