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Signs of Spring

Take a moment and just breathe in.... and release. It's March... already. Where did the first two months run off to? I'm not upset. While I think snow is pretty in pictures, I'm not a big fan of the cold. I am a fan of nice spring days and while it does bring some congestion. I get to continue my week of excitement because Spring officially begins on March 20! Yes, I know that is over a week away. However, one of my true signs of Spring starts this weekend. Besides the wind and rain (and apparently the snow) we have already received, daylight savings time is set to begin this Sunday, March 10th at 2 am.

I love being able to get the kids back outside more. Especially some of our students that have class all day. It is great to be able to get out an take a walk with them and teach about the wonders of nature. Although we lose an hour in our "spring forward," having that extra hour of daylight in the evening is great. Don't forget to set your clocks for the change on Saturday night before you head off to bed.

Have a great weekend!

Barbara Erby

President/Education & Behavioral Consultant

Breakthrough Developmental Services, LLC

New Year’s Resolutions?

Many people look forward to the new year for a new start on old habits.  ~Author Unknown


Each year people make New Year’s Resolutions. Well, I learned a long time ago that I wouldn’t keep them. However, I did learn that setting goals each year works for me. I don’t know why the change in language works, but it does. Sometimes the goals are abstract, sometimes they are concrete, but they are mine and I own them.

During this time of year, I also like to help students and their families work on their goals. That’s why this month is Program Review and Assessment Month. It is during this time of year that we take a look at what each of our student has accomplishing and set new short-term goals as well as adjust the long-term ones.

I also like to take time at this point in the year to celebrate the BDS Behavioral Technicians. They are so important to helping each of our students succeed. They spend so much time working to help support out students. So to help kick their year off right, we also call this Rising Star Month.

During Rising Star Month, we ask that you all write in and tell us why you love your Technicians. You don’t have to limit it to praise, we welcome all feedback that you can provide. The best way to help our star Technicians increase their skills is to tell us what they are doing right and wrong so that we can provide more guidance or resources where necessary. Send your feedback to

Thank you so much for continuing to read our blog, following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook, and checking out our website. If you are in need of assistance, services, or just have a question for us, feel free to use our Contact Us form, email us at or give us a call at 240-355-0834.

Have a safe, happy, and prosperous year,

Barbara Erby


Breakthrough Developmental Services, LLC

Did you know? Saving a few bucks…

We know that materials for home programs can be expensive. Every little bit of money saved can make a difference in the level or amount of services that you are also able to afford. Did you know that some sites will give you a coupon for a percentage off during your child's birthday month? Sites like Melissa & Doug offer a coupon to their newsletter subscribers. If you know of other sites that would be helpful to our readers, feel free to post them in the comment section below.



Helping Our Clients

At Breakthrough Developmental Services, LLC we are always looking for the best ways to help our clients succeed. To that extent, we have developed a short survey to answer some questions about what you, the parent, want. Please help us provide better services by completing this survey.

Click on the words "survey" in this post, or just the link below to go to the survey

Thank you for helping us make a bigger difference,

Barbara Erby


Breakthrough Developmental Services, LLC



BDS Winter Holiday Camp

We are happy to announce that our 2012 Winter Holiday Camp Registration is now open! Camp will take place on December 24, 26, 27, 28, and 31 in Bowie, MD. The camp hours are 9 am to 6 pm each day, but parents can arrange for an early drop off/late pick up if needed.

The BDS Winter Holiday Camp will give your child a chance to generalize all of the skills that you have worked so hard to teach them as well as learn and practice the social skills that are needed in life. BDS offers a safe environment for your child to spend their time away from school with our caring and professional staff of Behavioral Technicians and Consultants.

Register your child for the BDS Winter Holiday Camp today!

Click here to download your registration form.