September 2023

Updates & Resources

A Message From Our Director

Dear Amaryllis Community:

Happy September! Finally starting to feel a little like fall, isn’t it? And with that comes RSV, flu, and COVID season. We want to help all of our kids, parents, and staff stay healthy so here are some tips to follow. If anyone has cold symptoms such as a runny nose or cough, please put on a mask when you come to the office (the masks are by the front desk). Don’t assume its “just a cold”! Please get tested! Free home COVID tests are available through the mail, again, starting Monday September 25. If you have older test kits at home, the FDA has extended their shelf life based on efficacy research. You can look up the lot number on your test kit box and compare it to the list of new expiration dates here:  list of expiration dates Thank you for helping us all stay healthy!


On a lighter note, I am excited to let you know about several new classes that are starting up at Amaryllis. Lil’ Feeders is a class designed for parents of babies with breast and bottle feeding issues, especially those going through a tongue tie release. Jenn and Michele bring a wealth of knowledge and support to the class which will be held every week. Our other new class is Hardwiring for Homeschoolers Club which starts in October. Stephanie is a master of pencil and paper and helping kids become confident in their wiring skills. More info below!

Just a reminder that Andrew Tarr is back at Amaryllis and available for appointments! I’ve seen so many kids (and adults!) improve with ABM whether it’s through weekly appointments or a week long intensive. On a personal note, Andrew has helped me tremendously as I recover from my hip surgery. It’s way more fun than traditional PT! Check out the ABM video in the Parent Resource section.

We look forward to seeing you soon at Amaryllis!

In gratitude, 


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Handwriting For

Homeschoolers Club

Our Senior Therapist Stephanie Martens MS OTR/L is sharing a handwriting skills class. Handwriting helps us communicate, and express ourselves. It is a useful tool for learning, recalling information, and reinforces our reading and language processing.  

Join us each Friday from 10:00am until 11:30am, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, and 11/17.

Click here for Handwriting For Homeschoolers Class

Tongue and Lip Tie Release Support

Group and individualized support to build your confidence in preparing your lil'one for tongue and lip tie release procedures.  Infants 0-6 months.

We are excited to offer an affordable group therapy, with individualized support that allows parents to build confidence in preparing their baby for tongue and lip tie release procedures. 

Parents will learn pre and post-procedure stretches and exercises as well as nervous system regulation strategies for their baby.

Click Here to Sign Up for Lil' Feeders

Infant Massage Classes



October 4, 11, 18

November (no classes)

December 6, 13, 20

This is an in-person 3 session class AND can also be accessed virtually. The instructor is Robin Hoffman, OTR/L, CIMI, and it is open to all parents and babies in the community. You will learn ways to improve your baby's sleep and digestion through massage.

Register for October Classes
Register for December Classes


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Wake Up Your Child’s Brain with NeuroMovement®

Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement® is a science-based approach for waking up your child’s brain, providing it with the information and conditions to grow, develop, and thrive.

With over 30 years of experience working with children of all ages and a variety of conditions, we have seen children overcome many limitations and experience surprising new possibilities! Learn more about this Method in Anat Baniel’s book, Kids Beyond Limits.

Andrew Tarr is an Anat Baniel Method of Neuromovement (ABMNM) practitioner here at Amaryllis who works with children and adults. He also trained and works as a Feldenkrais Practitioner, and the two methods are closely related, evolving from the work and teachings of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais. 

This video (link below) introduces Baniel’s book, Kids Beyond Limits, which I highly recommend to patients, caregivers, teachers, and professionals. 

For any questions about this work, or to schedule a session,

contact Andrew directly at (303) 345-5777,, or visit


Vegan Sunbutter Cookies

Sunbutter cookies are the perfect sweet treat or afternoon snack! Just like traditional peanut butter cookies, these sunflower butter cookies are made with just 4 ingredients, even your kids could make them!


Sunbutter (no added sugar)

Maple Syrup

Gluten free flour

Baking powder


Preheat the oven to 350F.Add all the ingredients to a bowl and stir well, making sure to really incorporate all the ingredients. Note, the batter will be thick!

Place a sheet of parchment paper down on a baking sheet (optional). Roll out a 1 tablespoon portion of dough in your hands to form a ball. Repeat with the rest of the dough until you have 11 cookies on the baking sheet.

Tip: If you find that the batter starts to stick to your hands, wet them ever so slightly with water, this will help keep the dough smooth when rolling.

Press down the cookies with your fingers, a fork or using a lightly greased flat bottomed cup (I used a measuring cup). You want to flatten the cookies to help them cook evenly.

Bake the cookies at 350F for 13 minutes. After baking allow the cookies to cool at least 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack or eating.

Thank you Bites of Wellness

Paper Roll Frogs!

If you’re looking for an easy frog craft this one is easy and fun to make! The frog doesn’t have to be painted green either – when we made these we had a blue and rainbow frog to go along with our green frog.

You'll need:

2 toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls

Paint or Markers (Green and red, and black

Paper (Cardstock works great)



1. First paint 2 toilet paper rolls with green paint. You can also paint a paper towel roll and trim it down instead. Keep the trimmed part if you use a paper towel roll (it will be used later for the feet and legs).

2. Make the frog eyes.

Trace around a small glue stick or another object that is a similar size for the white part of the eyes on white cardstock. Trace around another smaller circle for the black part of the eyes on black cardstock (or paint black)

Glue the black circles to the white eye circles and then glue the eyes to the body. Draw the mouth on with black paint or marker

Create the red tongue and glue to face (Curl it for fun!)

6. Make the frog legs by cutting 2 strips off of the other toilet paper roll or extra paper towel piece.

Paint the insides of the strips.

Then glue one strip to each side of the toilet paper roll.

7. Make the frog feet. Draw the shape on the remaining leftover toilet paper roll or paper towel. Cut them out.

Glue the feet to under the toilet paper roll body.

For details click here

Thank you The best ideas for Kids