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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


Breakthrough Developmental Services, LLC


Stay in touch

By Barbara Erby-Young

I realized something special the other day... People who were clients and moved to other regions tend to stay in touch with us. We have had families move to the South and the Western regions, but we still know how the kids are progressing. We get pictures and emails all the time.

Parents who plan on moving, or who have just moved, tend to put us in touch with the child's new team so that we can make the transition as smooth as possible. You would think after that point, it would be it. However, years latter, we are still in contact. I love getting a chance to stay in touch with our students as the grow up. Although they are not right here, it's good to know that they are doing well in their new homes.

If you are moving (or have moved) to our area, we would love to have an opportunity to meet with you as well as speak to your previous (current) team. Feel free to contact us today. Visit today!

Family Training

“To change the way your child operates, you have to change yourself!” ~Barbara Erby

Our Family Training program goes more in depth to help with your mindset, building community, and planning for your child's future. We are going to help you erase thoughts like "My child can't do that because…" and replace them with, "Here is how we can help my child succeed…"

We will show you ways to help maximize your child's successes and teach you how to encourage your student to interact with others. Get ready to explore planning and goals setting for you and your child, discuss key challenges that your child faces and how we (you, your family, BDS and your child’s community) can help them with those challenges. We will talk about what motivates your child, current and future employment options, life transitions, and a host of other topics.

Interested in learning more? Send an email to or call 1-855-255-5270.

BDS Positions Available!

If you are you looking for…

A position with the potential for growth and development,
To make a difference in someone else’s life,
For a potential career and not just a job

Then we are looking for you!

Breakthrough Developmental Services, LLC (BDS) is an independent agency providing home and community based services to people with developmental, intellectual, and learning disabilities. BDS is currently seeking dependable, creative and energetic individuals for Behavioral Technician positions.

The Behavioral Technician provides one-to-one sessions implementing learning programs and behavior management procedures in the client’s home and community. They are responsible for providing documented evidence of work complete under the client’s specific Treatment Plan and Behavior Plan as written by the Consultant. Behavioral Technicians are also responsible for attending monthly Team Meetings and quarterly trainings.

To apply for this position, submit the latest copy your resume and cover letter to

In your cover letter, please note which area(s) you are able to work in as we currently have positions available in Columbia, Forestville, and Greenbelt. Your cover letter should also address any experience that you have with people diagnosed with special needs. Particularly discuss your experiences with people diagnosed with a developmental, intellectual, or learning disability. Finally, list your experience with behavior modification (ABA/VB), positive behavior support systems, or other interventions while making sure to include information that addresses any training that you have received.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Meeting Day!

Today was meeting day! I had a chance to sit down in my office (and go out to lunch) today with Tammy Ferraco of T-Ten Services. Tammy is an old co-worker, longtime friend, and BCBA who provides services to children who have been diagnosed with developmental disabilities. We wanted to get together to work on the final touches for our part in the 2013 Children’s Festival taking place on April 13th.

It is important to meet with people so that you can review information. Tammy and I both believe that meeting with your team members is the best way to make sure that you are all in accordance with each other and are staying true to the focus and goals of your program.

Wait… back up. Did you just say, what Children’s Festival? Well, Judah Temple AME Zion Church is having a Children’s Festival in Support of Autism Awareness Month. BDS and T-Ten wanted to lend our support by being on hand to provide attendees with information about Autism. We at BDS and T-Ten appreciate Judah Temple’s dedication to Autism acceptance and awareness and are eager to help support them.

If you are interested in learning more about the festival, you can view the flyer by visiting The event is open to children of all ability levels. If you would like to attend, register at so that they are able to get a general count of how many people plan on attending.

Barbara Erby
President/Education & Behavioral Consultant
Breakthrough Developmental Services, LLC