Dartmouth-Hitchcock logo
Healthy Lifestyles for Children and Youth with Developmental Disabilities: Food, Family, & Fitness

Health professionals from a wide variety of disciplines support healthy lifestyles for children and youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). This one-day conference will provide educational opportunities related to the development of healthy eating habits, family mealtime routines, feeding challenges, and physical activity programs.

Morning presentations will provide an overview of the current research on the prevalence and risk for obesity, food selectivity, and physical activity in youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), including those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and offer a definition of mealtime and discuss the idea of routines and habits associated with positive or enjoyable family mealtimes.

Afternoon sessions will explore 1) feeding and swallowing difficulties in the pediatric population with emphasis on identifying critical issues that will impact feeding and nutritional intake and 2) provide an overview of applied research findings regarding barriers to physical activity faced by children with I/DD and describe experiences in developing and implementing physical activity programs for youth with /IDD in community settings.

Time for discussion will be scheduled at the end of the AM and PM sessions.

This CME is sponsored by: BANDS (Behavioral and Neurodevelopmental Services) at DHMC; NH-ME LEND Program at the University of New Hampshire; Connecticut LEND Program at UCONN Health; Eunice Kennedy Shriver LEND Program at University of Massachusetts Medical School; LEND Program at Boston Children’s Hospital; Maine LEND at the University of New England; NJLEND – the Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; University of Rochester LEND at Golisano Children’s Hospital; Rhode Island LEND at Rhode Island Hospital; Rose F. Kennedy Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at Montefiore/Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Westchester Institute for Human Development UCEDD-LEND

Activity Details
Start Date: May 17, 2021
End Date: May 17, 2021
Time: 8:45 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Virtual

Registration is online and by credit card only. The registration fee is $25. 

Register Now

Preregistration and payment required. The registration deadline is 10 days prior to the activity date. There will be no refunds after the registration deadline has been reached. A $10 administrative fee will be retained on all refunds requested before the registration deadline. For registration questions, please e-mail clpd.support@hitchcock.org or call (603) 653-1234.

Speakers & Topics
8:45 am - 9:00 am Sign In
9:00 am - 9:10 am Introductions
~ Jennifer McLaren, M.D.
~ Betsy Humphreys, Ph.D.
9:10 am - 10:50 am Obesity in children and youth with intellectual/developmental disabilities
~ Carol Curtin, PhD, LICSW
~ Linda Bandini, PhD, RD
10:50 am - 11:10 am Q&A/Discussion
11:15 am - 11:55 am Creating Positive Mealtime Routines for Children and Youth with NDD
~ Kristin Winston, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
11:55 am - 12:15 pm Q&A/Discussion
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Lunch Break
1:15 pm - 1:55 pm Feeding Issues in Children Nutritionally at-risk with Oral Motor, Sensory and Behavioral Feeding Challenges
~ Ida Barresi, CCC-SLP
~ Tim Conly, OTR
1:55 pm - 2:15 pm Q&A/Discussion
2:20 pm - 3:00 pm Physical Activity & Fitness among children and Youth I/DD
~ Heidi Stanish, PhD
3:00 pm - 3:20 pm Q&A/Discussion
3:20 pm - 3:30 pm Wrap-Up
Learning Outcome(s)

At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will be able to explain issues related to the prevalence and risk of obesity in youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in order to promote enjoyable, nutritious mealtimes and effective physical activities for youth with IDD.


Dartmouth-Hitchcock is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock designates this live activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Receiving Credit

The follow steps must be completed in order to receive credit for this event:

  • Register for the event online
  • Attend the event or session(s). A credit tracking sheet will be provided.
  • Complete the online evaluation - Must be submitted within 30 days after the activity

    Accessing the Online Evaluation (The evaluation is available the day after the event)

  • Log onto https://ce.dartmouth-hitchcock.org/login.aspx
  • Click on the My Activities link in the left side menu. Then click on the name of the activity you attended.
  • Click on the Resume button.
  • Click the Continue button until the Evaluation tab is active, and then click the Launch button.
  • Fill out the evaluation and then click submit. Credits will then be applied to your transcript. You can view your updated transcript by clicking on the "View Transcript" button.

View the Completing an Evaluation and Claiming Credit tutorial.

For questions or technical support, please email clpd.support@hitchcock.org or call (603) 653-1234.

Type:     Live Activity
39 Registered Users