Laurie A. Couture
Laurie A. Couture is the author of Instead of Medicating and Punishing and the upcoming book, Nurturing, Protecting and Empowering Our Sons. Through speaking, workshops, consulting and coaching, Laurie helps families and professionals heal behavioral, emotional and learning challenges naturally, by restoring the child’s natural cycle of homeostasis. She is a renowned expert in the subjects of:
Trauma and its effects on children's neurological and holistic development,
Attachment parenting and developmental attachment healing
Unschooling and relaxed homeschooling
Paleolithic and natural family living
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Laurie has been featured in the documentaries, The War On Kids (2009) and Class Dismissed (2014). She has two decades of professional experience with youths and families, including as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and child trauma specialist. She also has experience working in the fields of foster and adoption social work, juvenile justice and education.
Laurie has spoken at conferences and facilitated workshops around the country and has been a contributor to several magazines and other media, including Paleo Magazine, Your Teen.com, Home Education, The Attached Family, Mothering.com, Life Learning and JUNO. She has been a recipient of several achievement awards for her writing and artwork over the years, including the NH Manchester Union Leader’s Forty Under 40 honors in 2010. In 2009, Laurie’s first book was selected as a finalist in the ForeWord Magazine Book-of-the-Year Awards.
In September 2017, Laurie tragically lost her beloved 23-year-old son to suicide. Laurie adopted Brycen from the foster care system when he was 11. Brycen suffered severe child abuse and neglect and multiple foster care and residential facility placements prior to finding his forever family. He suffered lifelong struggles with severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with dissociative features and cognitive delusions. He also struggled with attachment and sensory challenges, medical issues and he was on the Autism spectrum. A cascade of major life stressors unraveled years of Brycen’s stability, causing early childhood suicidal ideation— and his tendency to withdraw from his lifeline supports— to relapse. The unfathomable loss of Brycen, and the thousands of other boys and young men lost to suicide each year, impresses upon us the crucial need for childhood trauma prevention and attention to the unique stressors and human rights obstacles faced by boys and young men in our society.
Laurie parented her son with compassionate, natural, attachment-healing principles. Brycen unschooled through graduation. These opportunities helped Brycen to express his intellectual gifts and creative talents and holistically thrive for many years. Most importantly, Brycen experienced love, joy and belonging as a beloved family member, a valued friend and as a vibrant, involved member of his local community.
In addition to having mothered a special needs son, Laurie is very involved with the other children in her family and previously mentored two disadvantaged adolescents.
Laurie has unique, creative, outside-the-box perspectives, not only working with youths with Autism Spectrum Disorder and parenting a son on the spectrum, but being on the Autism spectrum, herself.