To Our Great Heroes

To our great heroes:

There are no words to express how grateful we are for our freedom. Each day we are able to control our destiny and make our own choices because someone else paid a heavy price. Thank you does not begin to express our gratitude, love and appreciation for you, and what you have done for each of us. You made the ultimate sacrifice to protect us from threats that we didn’t always know existed.

Blessings upon you and your families... My heart goes out to them. Your bravery will be remembered. This is the land of the free because of the brave and we will never forget you, or what you have done for us.

With great appreciation,
Barbara

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5 Quick and Easy Travel Tips

As we approach the end of the school year and we prepare for the travel season, there may be a few of you that need help preparing for trips. So, here are 5 quick and easy travel tips to help you plan for your upcoming vacation.

  1. Have something to help keep your child occupied. Items like portable DVD players, games, books, or even a favorite toy can help ease the anxiety of travel. Don’t forget the headphones, if your child will wear them.
  2. Bring some snacks. I am one of those people who gets a bit cranky when I haven’t eaten, so I always remember to pack something to snack on. If you are bring a cooler, don’t forget the reusable freezer packs, or freeze a bottle of water to keep help everything cold.
  3. Prepare a schedule. Many people do better with a schedule of events. You don’t need to include times, but you can include locations. For example, if you were driving from DC to Philly then include places and landmarks that you will pass along the way. If you know that you will be stopping at certain point (like if you always stop at Maryland House), then include that on the schedule. You can name the locations as you pass them to help your child along the way.
  4. Take breaks, especially when taking longer trips. Consider stopping to explore along the way. This will also give your child a chance to burn off some extra energy along the way.
  5. If you will be traveling by airplane contact the airline for help with accommodations. Don’t forget to contact the Transportation Security Administration as well. Their TSA Cares program has a webpage (http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/travelers-disabilities-and-medical-conditions) help line that provides information for travelers. You can reach TSA Cares toll-free at 1-855-787-2227.

Do you have other suggestions that may be helpful? Feel free to leave them below.

Safe travels,

Barbara Erby-Young

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Thank you Patuxent Elementary School!

I wanted to say a special "thank you" to Principal Glenda Washington, Ms. Garcia, Ms. Hazel and the 5th Grade Class of Patuxent Elementary School (Upper Marlboro, MD) for allowing me to visit last week on Career Day. I had a wonderful time speaking with you all. The students were inquisitive, polite, and asked great questions. When I asked what they wanted to be in life, I received an assortment of answers. The students have big dreams and I can’t want to see what you all chose to become in life.

Students, always remember that your teachers want you to go far. They work everyday to teach you some of the skills that you will need to do well.

Best wishes for a bright future!
Barbara Erby-Young

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Happy Birthday BDS!

Breakthrough Developmental Services, LLC was founded 7 years ago today!

To all of the families that have worked with us over the 7 years: Thank you for allowing us to continue serving your family. It has been a joy to watch the growth and progress that your children have made.

To our Technicians, Consultants and Administrative Team (past and present): Thank you for pouring yourselves into BDS. Your dedication to our growth and success is amazing. You all share passion for helping others that shines from within in you. I am impressed daily by your drive to learn more and do more. You are truly dedicated to making a difference and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of co-workers.

Happy birthday (anniversary) to us!

Barbara Erby-Young

President

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