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Subject: EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP (A.A. 2023/2024)

degree course in PHYSIOTHERAPY

Course year 1
Teaching units Unit Movimentazione del paziente:ergonomia, posture terapeutiche e trasferimenti pazienti
Other activities such as information technology, seminars etc. (laboratory)
  • TAF: Various educational activities SSD: MED/48 CFU: 1
Teachers: Sonia ABRIANI
Unit Sviluppo bambino sano
Professional training for the specific Scientific Disciplinary Sector (laboratory)
  • TAF: Various educational activities SSD: MED/48 CFU: 1
Teachers: Federica MISELLI
Exam type oral
Evaluation final vote
Teaching language Italiano
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Federica MISELLI


At the end of the Didactic Laboratory, the student should be able to know the principles of ergonomics and apply the principles of therapeutic postures; will be able to observe the physiological psychomotor development of the child in the first year of life in its various developmental stages (motor, relational/communicative and interaction aspects with play) and identify the acquisition of the various skills within the observed adaptive function (horizontal motor skills, sitting position, standing, walking).
For a more complete understanding of the training objectives, please refer to the reading of the expected learning outcomes.

Admission requirements

Knowledge related to basic human anatomy and movement. Knowledge related to physiology.
Attendance of "Anatomy" and "Physiology" lessons
Attendance of the lessons of the teaching of "Psychopedagogical sciences" in particular of the module "The development of the healthy child"; knowledge related to the physiological development of the child.

Course contents

Definition of ergonomics and principles of therapeutic postures; characteristics and methods of execution of transfers with adult patients.
Observation of children aged 0 - 12 months, based on the theoretical lessons "Psychomotor development of the healthy child".

Teaching methods

Teaching is normally provided through face-to-face lectures, viewing of exemplary videos and practical exercises for carrying out the transfer maneuvers of adult patients. The students, divided into groups, practice carrying out the transfer maneuvers and, under the guidance of the expert tutor, set up an appropriate setting and observe the healthy child in free play activities (in the presence or watching videos). Attendance is compulsory as required by the teaching regulations (please refer to the reading of the document). The teachers are available to receive students by appointment (see information on the teacher's Unimore page). The teaching is delivered in Italian.

Assessment methods

For the module PATIENT HANDLING: ERGONOMICS, THERAPEUTIC POSTURES AND TRANSFERS, the exam will be in the form of a written assignment; the exam consists of 3 open questions concerning the program carried out. The student has 60 minutes of total time (20 minutes for each question); For the module DEVELOPMENT OF HEALTHY CHILD (1CFU) the acquired knowledge relating to the psychomotor development of the child is shared in the plenary through oral questions by the teacher who guides the reflection on what has been observed. At the end of the course, the student will acquire eligibility if he/she has reached the percentage of attendance envisaged by the teaching regulations, if he/she demonstrates active participation and if he/she has achieved a sufficient evaluation in the written test. The exam sessions will follow the official calendar and the student will be able to register via the Esse3 platform.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to:
Through theoretical lessons:
- Understand the principles of therapeutic postures
- Understand the transfer execution techniques and describe the implementation methods
- Understand the principles of ergonomics
- Observe and describe the motor behavior of the child through the analysis of the variability of
normal movement
- Describe the relational/communicative and interaction aspects with the child's game
Through the examples made through the reference to concrete cases:
- Recognize the goals of therapeutic postures
- Identify the main methods of carrying out transfers
- Knowing how to carry out transfers independently, guaranteeing safety for oneself and for the patient
Through direct observation of the child:
- Identify the acquisition of the various skills of the child within the observed adaptive function (horizontal motility, sitting position, standing, walking)
Through active participation in lectures and discussions:
- Understand and analyze the phases of the child's psychomotor development
- Know and critically analyze one's own gestures in the execution of transfers
- Know the principles of ergonomics and therapeutic postures and apply them during exercises
Active participation in the laboratory allows you to:
- Use specific terminology correctly
- Develop the ability to relate to adults and children by expressing themselves with appropriate language and through appropriate gestures.
- Applying it initially to a healthy child will allow us to see the implications in the pathology in the future
- Apply the knowledge and skills learned in every situation where it is necessary to apply therapeutic postures and carry out transfers
- Use the terminology and notions learned to implement the method of clinical reasoning at the basis of the profession of physiotherapist.


Bertozzi L., Montanari L., Mora I., Architettura delle funzioni.Lo sviluppo neuromotorio del bambino fra normalità e patologia. Springer, 2002.
Melchiori F., Setti P., I trasferimenti del paziente. Proposta di materiale didattico per gli studenti del CdS in Fisioterapia. Tesi di laurea, 2017. Materiale video fornito dal docente.