Psychology of persons with special needs

Study level: Undergraduate study programme in psychology
Lidija Arambašić, Ph.D. and psychologists who work with different groups of persons with special needs: Snježana Bilać (cerebral paralysis), Višnja Majsec-Sobota (mental retardation and physical disability), Vesna Ivasović (deaf persons), Jelena Pensa Galian (blind persons).
Language: Croatian
Semester: 5th (winter)
Status: elective
Form of instruction with class hours: 15 hours of lectures and 30 hours of seminars
Prerequisites: Child and adolescent psychology
Student evaluation: Written exam

Course description

Social, family and individual factors included in developing disabilities. Mental retardation. Physical disability. Blind children. Deaf children. Maladaptive behaviour disorders. Cerebral palsy. The effect of the disability of family members: the role of professional support. Stigma and attitude toward persons with special needs. Ethical issues.

Course objectives

Student will get acquainted with different etiological factors included in developing disabilities. They will acquire knowledge about people with different kinds of disabilities. Students will discuss problems of stigma and society attitude toward people with disabilities. Students will learn how to interact successfully with people with disabilities.