Laurie A. Couture

Laurie A. Couture is the author of Instead of Medicating and Punishing. As an attachment parenting and unschooling coach, Laurie helps families heal behavioral, emotional and learning challenges naturally, by helping parents restore their 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, relaxed homeschooling
  • Paleolithic and natural family living
  • Adoptive parenting, and
  • 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 youth and families, including as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and child trauma specialist. She has 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 MagazineYour Teen.comHome Education,  The Attached FamilyMothering.comLife 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 book
was selected as a finalist in the ForeWord Magazine Book-of-the-Year Awards.

Laurie is the proud Mom to her young adult son, Brycen, who she adopted from the foster care system at the age of 11, unschooling him through graduation. She is also an involved aunt and has mentored two disadvantaged adolescents. Laurie has unique and creative perspectives, not only working with youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder, but being, herself, on the Autism spectrum.