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Treatment of Developmental Disorders - PSY00074M

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  • Department: Psychology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Melanie Forster
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2021-22

Module aims

There are a multitude of educational and clinical interventions for children with developmental disorders. This module introduces the learner to a range of interventions for common disorders, such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADHD and ASD, and teaches the learner to critically appraise the theory and evidence underlying treatments and interventions. The student is encouraged to utilise their existing research and emerging clinical skills to create professional level outputs, such as handouts and remediation plans for parents, teachers and other professionals.

Module learning outcomes

  • How to identify appropriate educational or clinical interventions for children with developmental disorders.
  • Introduced to a range of evidence-based approaches.
  • How to critically evaluate the evidence for interventions, as well as their feasibility.
  • Consider ethical issues in the usage of treatments and interventions, and how to spot exploitative interventions claiming to be ‘cures’.

Module content

  • Introduction to Interventions: Developing, Reviewing and Adapting Evidence Based Practice
  • Family and School based Interventions (working from Systemic and Psychodynamic Models)
  • Individual Interventions (working from a Cognitive Behavioural CBT Model)
  • Interventions to support Language and Communication Difficulties
  • Interventions to support General and Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Interventions to support Autism
  • Interventions to support ADHD and DCD
  • Building Resilience, Relapse Prevention and Therapeutic Endings


Task Length % of module mark
Parent/Teacher Education Handout
N/A 70
Relflective Journal
N/A 30

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Parent/Teacher Education Handout
N/A 100

Module feedback

The marks on all assessed work will be provided on e-vision.

Indicative reading

Special Educaitonal Needs and Disabilities in Schools: A Critical Introduction by Janice Wermouth, Bloomsbury Academic: London/Oxford, 2017.

Making Sense of Interventions for Children with Developmental Disorders: A Guide for Parents and Professionals Kindle Edition by Caroline Bowen and Pamela Snow (Authors), J & R Press (30 Mar. 2017).

Matson, J. (2018). Handbook of Childhood Psychopathology and Developmental Disabilities Treatment. Springer.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.