Recorded BHN Webinar: Weight Management Strategies for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities




Recorded BHN Webinar

Weight Management Strategies for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

November 6, 2018

BHN Member:  $10 (discount applied at checkout)
Non-Member: $25

Presented By:

Dr. Linda Bandini and Dr. Lauren Ptomey



In this webinar Dr. Linda Bandini and Dr. Lauren Ptomey will discuss the prevalence of obesity in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), several interventions with outcomes in weight loss, and provide strategies to adapt nutrition counseling approaches to meet the special needs of this population.

There will be an opportunity for an extended discussion at the conclusion of Dr. Bandini and Dr. Ptomey’s presentation.


  1. To identify unique counseling strategies and techniques for RDNs to use when working with individuals with intellectual disabilities
  2. To become familiar with recent dietary interventions that have been successfully adapted for weight management in youth and adults with intellectual disabilities

CPE level:  2 – General knowledge of literature and professional practice in areas covered.

CPEUs – 1.5 pending

Learning Needs Codes: 

5180 Developmental disorders
5370 Weight management, obesity
9020 Evaluation and application of research


Suggested Performance Indicators:

2.13 Tailors message to meet the needs of the target audience
9.1.3 Identifies and analyzes factors that influence behavioral change
9.1.4 Evaluates factors that influence the learning process and skill building
9.2.1 Assesses learning needs of the individual or target group
9.2.2 Determines and takes into consideration the literacy level and readability need of the individual, group and population
9.2.3 Applies educational theories and uses assessment results for planning process and development of materials and teaching aids
6.3.11 Applies research/evidence-based findings to improve practice, service delivery and health and nutrition of customers

Speaker Biography:

Dr. Bandini is an established researcher in the field of obesity and completed an NIH-funded 10-year longitudinal study examining the relationship of energy expenditure to the development of obesity in preadolescent girls. She has also conducted research on body composition and energy needs of children with cerebral palsy, severe central nervous system impairment, Prader-Willi syndrome and spina bifida. Linda was the principal investigator (PI) on a study on diet, physical activity and obesity in children with autism and a co-PI on a study to examine the correlates of physical activity in youth with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. She has also participated as a co-investigator on a parent supported weight loss study (an RCT) comparing nutrition education to nutrition education and behavioral modification for adolescents with Down syndrome and on a family-based weight loss intervention for youth with intellectual disability. Dr. Bandini is the PI and Co-Director on the MCHB-funded Healthy Weight Research Network for Children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities. In addition, she is the Director of Nutrition for the UMMS-Shriver LEND program where she is responsible for overseeing the development of health promotion materials for adolescents and young adults with intellectual disabilities and supervision of nutrition graduate students in experiential learning with individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities in both research and education.

Dr. Lauren Ptomey is an Assistant Research Professor for the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She has over 10 years of experience working within the research field with expertise in weight management, energy balance, physical activity and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She completed the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) training program in 2010 and then became involved in research with individuals with disabilities. During her postdoctoral fellowship Dr. Ptomey gained experience in physical activity assessment and delivery. She is involved in 5 NIH funded research studies including serving as Co-PI on a R01 which delivers weight management to adults with intellectual disabilities and their caregivers via technology, and a Co-Investigator for a weight management study for adolescents with IDD. Additional Dr. Ptomey works as a clinical dietitian at Community Living Opportunities an organization that serves adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  She recently authored the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Position Stand on Providing Nutrition Services to Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Twitter: @Lauren_Ptomey


CPEU expires 11/6/2021