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Child Neuropsychology: Theory and Assessment of Neurodevelopmental Disorders


Admission requirements

Master students Psychology having completed an advanced bachelor course on Clinical Neuropsychology.


This course provides theoretical foundations in the clinical neuropsychological assessment and treatment of children with neuropsychological problems, including neurodevelopmental disorders (i.e. genetic disorders, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury) and neuropsychiatric developmental problems (i.e. ADHD, PDD). The cognitive, emotional and/or behavioural consequences as a result of these problems are being discussed.

The course involves 7 lectures and an exam addressing the following content domains:

  • Child neuropsychology: Dimensions of theory and practice and functional neuroanatomic developmental concepts

  • Common CNS disorders of childhood

  • Common neurodevelopmental disorders

  • Neuropsychiatric developmental disorders; i.e. ADHD, PDD.

  • Neuropsychological interventions within a developmental context.

Course objectives

By the end of this course students will be familiar with issues regarding:

  • the diversity of neurodevelopmental functioning in childhood and neurodevelopmental disorders;

  • contemporary theories of neurodevelopmental functioning and disorders in childhood.


Child Neuropsychology: Theory and Assessment of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (2011-2012):

Mode of instruction

  • The lectures are supported by casuistic material and video demonstrations.

  • The lectures are presented by experts in the clinical field of Child Neuropsychology.

  • The lectures support the reading/study materials.

  • Attendance to all lectures is obligatory.

Assessment method

Written exam about theory and assessment of Neurodevelopmental disorders. Reading materials as well as information provided during lectures will be examined (a exam and a re-exam per year).

From January 1, 2006 the Faculty of Social Sciences has instituted the Ephorus system to be used by instructors for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. Please see the information concerning fraud .


Information on

Reading list

  • Anderson, V., Northam, E., Hendy, J., & Wrennall, J. (2001). Developmental Neuropsychology. Hove: Psychology Press. ISBN 0-86377-705-8.

  • Study material provided via Blackboard.

Books are available via the bookshop of the study association Labyrint on presentation of your Labyrint membership pass.


Master’s introduction and enrolment day

Make a reservation in your agenda so you will not miss any information that you will need during your master’s programme MSc in Psychology. Please consult the Agenda master meetings

Exam registration

Registration for the (re)exam is not automatic. Students, who haven’t registered, cannot participate in the (re)exam

Contact information

Mw. A. Breugem
Room 2B07
Tel. +31 (0)71 527 3627