Laurie A. Couture, author of Instead of Medicating and PunishingLaurie A. Couture

Laurie A. Couture is a public speaker, Attachment Parenting and natural learning coach and the author of Instead of Medicating and Punishing: Healing the Causes of Our Children’s Acting-Out Behavior by Parenting and Educating the Way Nature Intended. In 2012, Laurie was a guest on the Anderson daytime show, hosted by Anderson Cooper. She was also featured as an expert in the documentary film, The War On Kids (2009).

Laurie has spoken at conferences across the country. She writes a blog, hosts a YouTube channel and has been a contributor to several magazines and other media, including Home Education, The Attached Family, Mothering.com, Life Learning and Juno. In 2010, Laurie was a recipient of the NH Manchester Union Leader’s Forty Under 40 honors. In 2009, her book was selected as a finalist in the ForeWord Magazine Book-of-the-Year Awards.

Laurie has a background as a child trauma specialist and licensed mental health counselor. She has also previously worked in the social services and education fields and has mentored two disadvantaged teens. Laurie has earned international renown for her passionate, cutting-edge writing and advocacy on behalf of youth and families. Laurie is the proud unschooling Mom to her remarkable 20 year old son, Brycen, who started his first business at the age of 12 and is a performing vocalist, songwriter, chainmaille artisan and public speaker.

Laurie’s extensive research across the fields of psychology, human attachment, child development, the neurobiology of trauma, education, learning theory, natural science, cultural anthropology, holistic health and human spiritual and moral development have given her a unique perspective of the underlying roots of children’s distress. Serving children and families from culturally and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds in multiple roles has allowed her to cultivate a compassionate, holistic understanding of the needs of children and families.