The 22nd Annual Childhood Development and Behavior Conference

August 2–3, 2018
Location: Colby College, Waterville, Maine
Costs: The all-inclusive registration fee includes tuition, two lunches, breaks, and handouts. $290 for MD's and $220 for PhD's and others. One-day tuition is $180
Who Should Attend: Psychologists, physicians, social workers, counselors, therapists.

Best practices and current concepts in the field of developmental and behavioral pediatrics.

Colby College presents the 22nd annual Childhood Development and Behavior Conference, a two-day program for professionals working with children and teens with emotional, behavioral, developmental, and mental health problems. The program will be particularly useful for primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists, social workers, teachers and counselors. Strategies that work in the home, school and community to help children and families experience their world as a better place will be provided.

Below is the theme for the 2017 course.  We will update for 2018.  Please check back with us!

IQ, It’s Not Just a Number:  Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - Possibilities and Challenges

This conference addresses many facets of intellectual and other developmental disabilities, associated with Down Syndrome and other etiologies.  Topics include medical update, complications of diagnosis for special Populations such as deaf and hard of hearing, changes in emphasis on adaptive skills vs. IQ scores, fostering self-determination and providing support to address challenges for individuals and their families.  The topics are geared to providers of primary care, rehabilitation services, psychologists, social workers and care managers.

As a result of attending this conference, participants will:

  • understand the role of IQ scores and adaptive skills measures in diagnosis
  • be aware of policies and strategies that enhance independence in self care and self determination

  • understand how to access services for individuals whose level of intellectual and/or developmental disabilities require support

Contact Information
Colby College Special Programs
4730 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8847
phone: 207-859-4730
fax: 207-859-4734
Room and Board

$80 per night

Below is faculty for the 2017 course. We will update shortly. Please check back with us!


Course Directors:

Stephen Meister, M.D.
Medical Director
Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center, MaineGeneral Medical Center
Waterville/Augusta, Maine

Nancy Ponzetti-Dyer, Ph.D.
Psychology Director
Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center, MaineGeneral Medical Center
Waterville/Augusta, Maine

Course Liaisons:

Patricia S. Engdahl, LCSW
Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center, MaineGeneral Medical Center
Waterville/Augusta, Maine

Jean Youde, MA
Programs Coordinator
Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center, MaineGeneral Medical Center
Waterville/Augusta, Maine

Keynote Presenters:

Brian Skotko, M.D., MPP
Medical Geneticist, Massachusetts General Hospital
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Co-Director Down Syndrome Program, Massachusetts General Hospital

A Board-certified medical geneticist and Co-Director of the Down Syndrome Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Skotko has dedicated his professional energies toward children with cognitive and development disabilities. In 2001, he co-authored the national award-winning book, Common Threads: Celebrating Life with Down Syndrome and, most recently, Fasten Your Seatbelt: A Crash Course on Down Syndrome for Bothers and Sisters. He is a graduate of Duke University, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard Kennedy School. Dr. Skotko recently authored major research on how physicians deliver a diagnosis of Down syndrome to new and expectant parents. He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The L.A. Times, NPR's "On Point", and ABC's "Good Morning America." Dr. Skotko serves on the Honorary Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress, the Board of Directors for the Band of Angels Foundation, and the Professional Advisory Committee for the National Center for Prenatal and Postnatal Down Syndrome Resources.

Karrie A. Shogren, Ph.D.
Professor, University of Kansas
Director, Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities

Karrie A. Shogren, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Special Education, Senior Scientist in the Life Span Institute, and Director of the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Shogren's research focuses on self-determination and systems of support for students with disabilities and she has a specific interest in the multiple, nested contextual factors that impact student outcomes. Dr. Shogren has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals, is the author or co-author of 10 books, and is one of the co-authors of Intellectual Disability: Definition, Classification, and Systems of Support, the 11th Edition of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities' seminal definition of intellectual disability (formerly mental retardation) as well as the Supports Intensity Scale-Children's and Adult Version. Dr. Shogren has received grant funding from several sources, including the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). Dr. Shogren is co-Editor of Inclusion and Remedial and Special Education.

Additional Faculty:

Diane D. Boas, M.S.
Project Manager, Let's Go!
The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center

Carol Hubbard, M.D., MPH, Ph.D.
Director of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
Maine Medical Partners

Shawn R. Kalback, Ph.D.
Child Psychologist
Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center

Shana Kelley-Cohen
Transition and Behavior Strategist
Maine Education Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Sharon M. McAllister, OTR/L
Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center

Karen K. Mosher, Ph.D.

Melissa Wood, OTR/L
Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Owner, Honeybee Pediatric Therapy

Alli Vercoe
Director of Case Management

The Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center:

The Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center at MaineGeneral Medical Center provides a wide array of top-quality evaluation and treatment services for children and families. The center is committed to an interdisciplinary model of care, and services are comprehensive and trauma-informed. Patients are seen at Thayer Center for Health, 149 North Street, in Waterville and the Ballard Center, 6 East Chestnut Street, in Augusta.

Colby College designates this educational activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Colby College is approved by the Maine Board of Examiners of Psychologists as a sponsor of continuing professional education activities for licensed psychologists and psychological examiners.  Psychologists and psychological examiners who attend this program may earn up to 12 hours of continuing professional education credit.

For non-physician health professionals, 1.2 C.E.U. credits will be awarded. (One continuing education unit is ten contact hours.)

CME and ME Psychology credit is issued with certificates on the last day of the program. C.E.U. credit will be awarded through Colby's office of the Registrar as an official transcript and will be mailed to the registrant. Please allow 8-10 weeks to process.

Below is the schedule for the 2017 course.  We will update shortly.  Please check back with us!


Thursday, July 13

7:30 am
Diamond Building lobby

8:15 am
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Stephen Meister, M.D. and Nancy Ponzetti-Dyer, Ph.D.

8:30 am
Keeping Children and Adolescents with Down Syndrome Healthy:  All the Medical Updates that Parents/Providers Need to Know
Brian Skotko, M.D., MPP

10 am

10:30 am
What's in a Number?  Evaluation of Intellectual and Adaptive Functioning: Not as Simple as it Seems
Shawn R. Kalback, Ph.D.

11:30 am

12:45 pm
Taking Care of The Family:  Celebrating the Highs and Surviving the Lows
Brian Skotko, M.D., MPP

2:15 pm

2:30 pm
Feeding to Food Shopping:  How to Facilitate Essential Self Care Skills
Sharon M. McAllister, OTR/L
Melissa Wood, OTR/L

3:30 pm
Promoting Healthy Habits for Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Diane D. Boas, M.S.
Carol Hubbard, M.D., MPH, Ph.D.

4:30 pm
Closing Remarks

Friday, July 14

8:15 am
Building Systems of Support for Children and Youth with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Karrie A. Shogren, Ph.D.

9:45 am

10:00 am
Working with Parents with an Intellectual Disability:  Pointers for Mental Health Parenting Professionals
Karen K. Mosher, Ph.D.

11:00 am
Toolkit for Successful Transitions for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth
Shana J. Kelley-Cohen, LCSW

12:00 pm

1:15 pm
Promoting and Enhancing Self-Determination Across the Lifespan
Karrie A. Shogren, Ph.D.

2:45 pm
STRIVE U Transition to Adulthood:  Reflections and Graduates
Alli Vercoe, LSW and STRIVE U Graduates

3:45 pm
Closing Remarks

22nd Annual Childhood Development and Behavior Conference