Study programme 2020-2021Français
Approaches to Atypical Development
Programme component of Master's in Psychology à la Faculty of Psychology and Education

Students are asked to consult the ECTS course descriptions for each learning activity (AA) to know what special Covid-19 assessment methods are possibly planned for the end of Q3

CodeTypeHead of UE Department’s
contact details
UP-M1-MPSYCH-047-MCompulsory UEHAELEWYCK Marie-ClaireP319 - Orthopédagogie clinique
  • HAELEWYCK Marie-Claire

of instruction
of assessment
HT(*) HTPE(*) HTPS(*) HR(*) HD(*) CreditsWeighting Term
  • Français
Français201000055.001st term

AA CodeTeaching Activity (AA) HT(*) HTPE(*) HTPS(*) HR(*) HD(*) Term Weighting
P-SEOC-201Prevention and Diagnosis of Atypical Development1010000Q1
P-SEOC-202Methodology of Interventions and Remediation100000Q1
Programme component

Objectives of Programme's Learning Outcomes

  • Analyse a situation (individually or collectively) in reference to theories and methodological approaches within psychology.
    • Master and appropriately mobilise knowledge and methodological approaches to understand and explain the normal/atypical/pathological functioning of individuals, groups or organisations.
    • Analyse and model a situation (individually or collectively) by critically selecting theories and methodological approaches.
  • Justifiably choose an intervention and implement and evaluate it.
    • Master knowledge on interventions to improve a given situation (individually or collectively), as well as implement them.
    • Critically analyse the extent and limitations of different types of intervention.
    • Develop a plan of intervention or management in a rigorous and justified manner, taking into account all relevant factors (including underlying issues and associated risks).
    • Implement intervention with reference to theoretical models of intervention, taking into account the constraints and resources in the situation encountered.
    • Appropriately apply different types of intervention.
    • Evaluate the intervention.
    • Alter the intervention.
  • Communicate and exchange information in a structured and adapted way to the intended purpose and relevant public.
    • Present and structure data in a clear, precise, neutral, and non-oriented way.
    • Write a report arguing over an intervention (including evaluation).
  • Work effectively with different actors as part of a team or a network of professionals.
    • Share knowledge and data to carry out a common project.
    • Identify professional networks, interact and collaborate with them, and research external expertise if necessary.
  • Act ethically and professionally.
    • Adopt professional attitudes (think critically, avoid prejudices, respect professional confidentiality, etc.).
  • Assess and pursue professional and personal development.
    • Learn from practice (based particularly on assessment). Question themselves.
    • Analyse their personal functioning and adapt their professional attitudes. Effectively manage their emotions.

Learning Outcomes of UE

At the end of this EU, students will be able to :  
- characterize the development of individuals with disabilities in the different spheres of human functioning: communication, socialization, language, cognitive functioning, autonomy, etc.
- Describe and appropriately use developmental assessment tools to determine the level of development of individuals with disabilities.
- to propose pedagogical intervention paths in order to stimulate and develop the skills of people with disabilities (particularly individuals with intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, etc.). ) 
- provide primary, secondary and tertiary prevention guidelines

In accordance with the competency framework of the clinical orthopedagogue, at the end of this course, the student will be able to :
- to perform prevention, support and treatment interventions, seeking to improve the possibilities of development and fulfillment, quality of life, participation in society and autonomy of the client and/or the client's environment.
- to correctly and systematically exploit the intervention process

Content of UE

What characterizes atypical development? How to evaluate it? How to intervene with the person who presents such an atypical development?
The content of this AA will focus first on the theoretical models of typical and atypical human development. Next, we will discuss techniques for assessing human development, taking into account the spheres of autonomy, socialization, communication, language and cognition. Using the results of these tools, we will study early intervention strategies, as well as primary, secondary and tertiary prevention practices. 

Within this UE, the following chapters will also be discussed:
* The alternative communication
* Observation + Quebec Adaptive Behaviour Scale - EQCA
* Literacy

Prior Experience


Type of Assessment for UE in Q1

  • Presentation and/or works
  • Oral examination
  • Written examination

Q1 UE Assessment Comments

Total of the  examinations for Prevention and diagnosis of atypical development and Methodology of interventions and remediation

Type of Assessment for UE in Q3

  • Presentation and/or works
  • Oral examination
  • Written examination

Q3 UE Assessment Comments

Total of the  examinations for Prevention and diagnosis of atypical development and Methodology of interventions and remediation

Type of Resit Assessment for UE in Q1 (BAB1)

  • Presentation and/or works
  • Oral examination
  • Written examination

Q1 UE Resit Assessment Comments (BAB1)


Type of Teaching Activity/Activities

AAType of Teaching Activity/Activities
  • Cours magistraux
  • Travaux pratiques
  • Cours magistraux

Mode of delivery

AAMode of delivery
  • Face to face
  • Face to face

Required Reading


Required Learning Resources/Tools

AARequired Learning Resources/Tools
P-SEOC-201Powerpoint available on Moodle
P-SEOC-202Powerpoint on Moodle

Recommended Reading


Recommended Learning Resources/Tools

AARecommended Learning Resources/Tools
P-SEOC-201Not applicable
P-SEOC-202Not applicable

Other Recommended Reading

AAOther Recommended Reading
P-SEOC-201Not applicable
(*) HT : Hours of theory - HTPE : Hours of in-class exercices - HTPS : hours of practical work - HD : HMiscellaneous time - HR : Hours of remedial classes. - Per. (Period), Y=Year, Q1=1st term et Q2=2nd term
Date de génération : 09/07/2021
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