Avoiding Homework Drama Article by ATN Schools Trainer

August 2017. Dr. Natalie Montfort, a clinical psychologist and adoptive mom, has an article featured in the August 2017 issue of Adoption Today on strategies to avoid homework battles with traumatized children.  Natalie wrote “Trauma Momma, Homework Drama” both to inform parents about ways they can reframe their thoughts around homework and give them permission to focus more on connection and regulation.  In addition to being the director of The Stewart Center of The Westview School for children and young adults on the autism spectrum, she and her husband are parents to two sons by adoption.  Natalie is a trainer with ATN’s Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools program.  Here’s a copy of the article —Homework article by Natalie Montfort

Julie has been ATN's Executive Director since 2009. She joined the organization in 2004 after finding incredible support from fellow ATNers when she was searching for answers about her own daughter's early childhood trauma and attachment disorders. Julie leads a staff of passionate professionals and acts as spokesperson for the organization. Prior to ATN, Julie was the president of a marketing and communications consultancy, The Epiphany Group, and has over two decades of experience in professional services marketing, strategic planning and communication strategies. As a graduate of Partners in Policymaking and through personal experience, Julie has garnered a great deal of experience in the areas of special education, school issues, and disabilities advocacy. A published author, Julie wrote a chapter in the EMK Press Adoption Parenting book and was the special needs blogger at Adoptionblogs.com for two years. She frequently presents workshops on attachment and trauma to local and national groups. Email Julie. Julie holds an MBA from Avila College in Kansas City and was a Certified Professional Services Marketer. Julie, and her husband Dave, are parents to four (bio, step and adoptive), including their youngest daughter, adopted from China. This daughter’s attachment difficulties and developmental trauma disorder have changed their lives significantly…in amazing ways.