Laurie A. Couture
Laurie A. Couture is the renowned 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. As an Attachment Parenting and Unschooling coach, she specializes in the emotional and behavioral health of children and adolescents, helping youth rediscover their passion for learning and helping families heal through the wisdom of nature’s intent. 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 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 Future Horizons’ Temple Grandin Award in 2014 and 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 has a background as a licensed mental health counselor and child trauma specialist. She has also previously worked in the social services and education fields and has mentored two disadvantaged teens. She has specialty in the areas of children’s emotional, behavioral and learning challenges as well as the Autism spectrum, child abuse and trauma, PTSD, children’s rights, human rights issues affecting boys and adoptive parenting. Laurie has earned international renown for her passionate, cutting-edge writing and advocacy on behalf of youth and families. Laurie is the proud Mom to her remarkable 20 year old son, Brycen, who unschooled through graduation. Brycen started his first business at the age of 12 and is a performing musician and songwriter, artisan, rock climbing instructor 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.