2023-2024 / PSYC0918-1

Psychology of disability and introduction to associated psychopathologies


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in psychology and education : speech and language therapy3 crédits 
 Bachelor in psychology and education : general3 crédits 
 Master in education (120 ECTS)3 crédits 


Annick Comblain

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course aims to introduce students to the major key concepts of psychology of disability (through the main international classifications.

- Terminology and classifications

- Epidemiology, etiology and diagnostic

- Disorders and disabilities

 A particular focus will be on (1) genetic intellectual disabilities and intersyndromic differences and (2) Autism spectrum disorder.

For each of them :
Psychomotor development
Cognitive development
Communication and language development
Affective development and attacment
Emotional development
Social development


Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of the course, students will gain awareness of the main characteristic of the psychological development of people with disabilities and will have a better understanding of the psychological issues of interventions and of the role of the professionals in the follow up of people with disabilities.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

PSYC5868-1 : Cognitive psychology and language langage  (partim I)

PSYC5870-1 : Cognitive psychology and language langage (partim II)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Quizz will be regularly proposed to help students to understant the course.

They are not obligarory.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Podcast available.

Recommended or required readings


The slides will be posted on e-campus

Documents and ressources on e-campus

Bibliography to go further

Rondal, JA, & Comblain, A. (Eds.) (2001) Manuel de psychologie des handicaps : Sémiologie et principes de remédiation. Mardaga 

Nader-Grobois, N. (2015) Psychologie du handicap. De Boeck

Pagès, V. (2015) Handicaps et psychopathologies. Dunod

Poussin, M. & Galiano, AR (Eds.) (2014) Psychologie du handicap : 13 études de cas. Editions In Press

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Additional information:

Open-ended long and short answer questions including questions (QROL SMART questionnaires):

- knowledge

- integration (reflection on concrete cases)

At the end of each chapter, examples of questions will be given

The scoring of questions takes into account:

- the clarity of the answers

- the precision of the technical terms used

N.B.: a penalty is provided for in the event of irrelevant or false elements in the answer, even if the answer is globally correct

The subject of the exam includes:

- slides

- the oral course (comments on the slides, examples, illustrations)

- videos (even if they are not fully seen during the course)

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course




Association of one or more MOOCs