2023-2024 / PSYC5926-1

Learning difficulties [D]


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in clinical orthopedagogy (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in psychology (120 ECTS)4 crédits 


Marie Geurten, Christelle Maillart, Martine Poncelet, Laurence Rousselle


Laurence Rousselle

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course presents the main learning disorders that can be encountered in the school setting. This course will review developmental language disorder (DLD), written language learning disorders (dyslexia-dysorthographia), mathematics learning disorders (MLD), developmental coordination disorder (DCD). The course will also focus on demonstrating how attentional and executive processes, different memory systems and metacognition contribute to learning and, in case of deficits, to the emergence of disorders. 

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of this course sequence, the student will be familiar with the main learning disorders that constitute the most frequent complaints in school settings. He/she will be able to recognize the characteristics of disorders presented by children with learning difficulties, identify the explanatory factors and understand the cognitive and environmental mechanisms which contributes to the emergence of disorders. 

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


Nevertheless, the student is expected to master the general concepts of the course PSYC5872-1-Neuropsychology 

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

This course is based primarily on ex cathedra lectures with examples, audio-visual sequences and discussions

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


Recommended or required readings

The slides will be posted on the e-campus platform in the course of the dedicated space.

Recommended reading :

Dehaene, S. (2018). Les talents du cerveau, le défi des machines. Odile Jacob.

Roy, A., Guillery-Girard, B., Aubin, G., & Mayor, C. (2017). Neuropsychologie de l'enfant. Deboeck Supérieur. 

Mazeau, M.,Pouhet, A., & Ploix-Maes, E. (2021). Neuropsychologie et troubles des apprentissages chez l'enfant : Les dys- au sein des troubles du neurodéveloppement. Elsevier Masson. 

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

- Remote

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire )

Additional information:

The final assessment is based on a written exam with open-ended questions

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Not accessible to Erasmus student


Prof. L. Rousselle : laurence.rousselle@uliege.be

Prof Christelle Maillart : christelle.maillart@uliege.be

Prof. Martine Poncelet : martine.poncelet@uliege.be

Marie Geurten, PhD : mgeurten@uliege.be


Assistants :

Fanny Brévers : fanny.brevers@uliege.be

Céline Fortin : celine.fortin@uliege.be



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