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Developmental disorders (Clinical assessment and treatment)


NB Language of instruction is Dutch.

Admission requirements

Clinical assessment and treatment: general introduction.


This specialised course deals with aspects of assessment and treatment, specifically for people with (severe) developmental disorders. This includes, for instance: specific research methods and techniques for people with severe communication problems, a very young developmental age, assessment on the basis of information provided by third parties, assessment and treatment of patients with autistic spectrum disorders, treatment planning in the care of disabled persons, and clinical genetic syndromes.

This component builds further on the Clinical Assessment and Treatment: general introduction course, and – where applicable – the Clinical skills (Clinical Assessment and Treatment) course.

Course objectives

Achievement levels: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-10-12-13-14-15-16-18-19.



Mode of instruction

The course consists of 10 lectures, a paper and a symposium. During the symposium the students’ papers are presented. The course is rounded off with an essay examination.

Assessment method

Literature examination, a paper and a presentation during a mini-symposium.

From the start of the course, students are expected to work on a paper. These are written in small groups of three. The possible topics are introduced during the first lecture and divided among the students. The paper consists of a minimum of 5 pages (excluding the front cover, table of contents and the literature list), line spacing 1 ½. Students are expected to look for literature related to their topic; this should be recent literature, 80% of which should be peer-reviewed and in English.

The paper is then given a pass or a fail. Students will be given the opportunity to rewrite a paper that did not merit a pass. If on the second re-write, the paper still does not warrant a pass, a new paper can only be submitted in the following academic year. A pass paper gives access to the symposium.

The papers are presented by groups of three students during a symposium. All students are expected to attend the entire symposium and to give their presentation on that day. A day consists of a minimum of 4 presentations. It is important that each of the students makes a clear contribution to the presentation. This process will also count towards the final mark. The presentations last in total 35 minutes, divided into 20-25 minutes of presentation and 10-15 minutes for discussion and questions.

Assessment: pass or fail.

The presentation must in any case consist of:

  • A research question

  • An overview of the existing knowledge from the compulsory literature

  • New recent literature

  • Remedial education implications

  • Discussion

If the performance of one of the students in a group is below standard, the total assessment for the group will be a fail. If a group fails the presentation, a resit is allowed.


This course makes use of Blackboard.

Reading list

  • Noens, I. & Van IJzendoorn, R. (2007). Autisme in orthopedagogisch perspectief. Amsterdam: Boom.

  • Došen, A. (2005). Psychische stoornissen, gedragsproblemen en verstandelijke handicap. Assen: Gorcum.

  • Kraijer, D. & Plas, J. (2006). Handboek psychodiagnostiek en beperkte begaafdheid. Amsterdam: Harcourt.

  • A number of articles (to be specified later).


Please note that separate uSis registration is mandatory for lectures, seminars, exam and re-exam.

  • Registration for the lectures of the course is possible as of two months through one week before the first lecture at the latest;

  • Registration for the seminars of the course is possible as of two months through one week before the first lecture at the latest;

  • Registration for the exam is possible as of two months through one week before the exam at the latest;

  • Registration for the re-exam is possible as of two months through one week before the re-exam at the latest.

Students who don’t register cannot attend classes or take the (re)exam.

Contact information

Co-ordinator Dr. Y.M. Dijkxhoorn
For the duration of the course, Dr Dijkxhoorn will have a consultation hour directly following the lecture.