Fondazione VSM di Villa Santa Maria

Villa Santa Maria is a specialized center for the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of children and adolescents with neuropsychiatric disorders.
It addresses all neurological and psychiatric disorders of the developmental age, including autism, ADHD, complex disabilities, specific learning and language disorders, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, movement disorders, rare genetic neurological conditions, and childhood and adolescent psychopathology.

  • Child Neuropsychiatry

  • Epileptology

  • Pediatric Neurology

Child Neuropsychiatry

The center deals with complex neuropsychiatric disorders, with the contribution of specialists from various disciplines and in collaboration with other specialized facilities:

  • Simple and complex neurodevelopmental delays/disorders, including autistic spectrum disorders and other conditions (cognitive delays, developmental language delays/disorders, motor function delays/disorders, communicative/relational skills delays)
  • Childhood, pre-adolescent, and adolescent psychopathology (behavioral disorders, oppositional-defiant disorders, disruptive disorders, antisocial disorders, eating disorders, school/social withdrawal, emotional/affective disturbances)
  • Congenital and acquired cerebral pathologies, with varying degrees of motor impairment and intellectual disability
  • Genetic or metabolic neurodegenerative diseases
  • Epilepsy, with focus on treatment-resistant forms within the phenotype of rare diseases
  • Rare genetic diseases


The Clinical Neurophysiology and Neuromodulation Outpatient Clinic is equipped with two lates generation digital video-EEG systems from Micromed for EEG signal acquisition, as well as a Micromed device for acquiring auditory and visual evoked potentials.

Recently, an important system upgrade has been completed, allowing enhanced diagnoses in:

  • Epilepsy
  • Rare genetic diseases

The analysis of cognitive and somatosensory evoked potentials, which are two in-depth examinations requiring highly sophisticated equipment and specially trained personnel, enables the evaluation of central and peripheral nervous system activity with extreme precision.

Together with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the electroencephalogram (EEG) represents a valuable diagnostic tool in the field of pediatric neurology.

Pediatric Neurology

The specialized service for the developmental age (0-18 years) is aimed at the treatment and rehabilitation of:

  • Acute neurological disorders
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Developmental disorders

These situations require early and targeted interventions to prevent the degeneration of skills and promote the stabilization of deficits and/or the acquisition of new abilities.

– Chronic disorders

These conditions often have a significant disabling potential, with reduced mental efficiency or relational capabilities, diminished physical autonomy, and complex multiple needs with a high social impact that persists throughout life.
These neurological and neuropsychological disorders are also characterized by the presence of complex multiple disabilities, with or without associated behavioral disorders.

Child Neuropsychiatry
Pediatric Neurology



International Office

Monday – Sunday 00:00 – 24:00

+39 334 6740597


Via IV Novembre 15, 22038 Tavernerio (Como)

Dr. Vittorio Terruzzi
Dr. Vittorio TerruzziMedical Director
Language spoken: italian-english
Dr.ssa Tristana Castrignanò
Dr.ssa Tristana CastrignanòChild Neuropsychiatrist
Language spoken: italian-english
Dr. Giulio Valagussa
Dr. Giulio ValagussaSupervising Physiotherapist
Language spoken: italian-english