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Amelia Bolyard, Intern
Children's embodiment coach

Alta curates interns who are aligned with its mission of equipping those who want to create a more respectful, nurturing society for children. Amelia comes with keen instinct and years of experience in doing just that. We are thrilled to learn from each other.

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Amelia's Story

I am a parenting coach, youth mentor, and spiritual counselor to people of all ages. 

 

My experience providing customized support to parents and their children commenced organically when I accepted my first job as a nanny. The parents had lost their first child to leukemia, and they were in need of a care provider who could honor the ebbs and flows of grief and engage the related challenges. Those challenges were expressed most potently in their second child, who had been born soon after the passing of their first child.

 

It was with this family that I unearthed new skills. Through my experiences caring for their children, I discovered I had a profound gift for responding to the deep, extraordinary needs of the family. I was acknowledged for my exceptional work with the children, and with that family's recommendation, I was requested by other families with similar needs. I worked with children on the autism spectrum, as well as families experiencing trauma and grief.

 

Working with these children and their caregivers proved to be more than a passion–I recognized it as an invocation; a calling. Over the past twenty-five years, I have continued to observe and learn through my intentional work to support children and their caregivers. I am honored to be invited into the lives of families, to help identify solutions to the questions and challenges they encounter. 

 

I understand that care providers and parents need and deserve support cultivating and applying ideas that will serve the needs of their children. In my work, I support and guide care providers and parents as they develop patience, release judgments, and establish realistic expectations with increased consistency and loving presence, for the wellbeing of their children and themselves. 

 

I've observed that care providers and parents also have a need to meet their personal desires to be the best providers they can be in each moment. This “best” is naturally variable. They sometimes question their choices and can experience being at “a loss” for ideas. The intention of my work is to strengthen the caregiver's confidence and trust in their ability to make centered, emotionally sober observations, resulting in more empowering choices and solutions with which to meet challenges.

 

The need for parenting support notably increased with the onset of the pandemic of 2020. In response, I was inspired to enhance both my eligibility to assist more families, along with the efficacy of my work, by seeking more formal training. I approached ALTA to inquire about an internship. I am grateful and enthusiastic to have begun training with Betty Peralta to expand my education and specialization in my quest to further support care providers, parents, and their children.

 

EXPERIENCE:

 

For over 25 years I’ve worked intimately with the care providers and parents of children with exceptional needs. Additionally, over the past 15 years, I've worked with the schools and organizations that serve those families.

 

SPECIFICS:

  

  • Childhaven - Creative/Therapeutic Movement - Instructor to ages five and under.

  • Boys & Girls Club, Rainier Vista - Creator and Facilitator of Big/Little Sisterhood mentorship program

  • Madrona Middle School, South Shore PK-8,  and Seattle Alternative Schools, Summit K-12 and AS1 - Artist in Residence 

  • Freehold Theater Prison Outreach Program at Washington Corrections Center for Women -  Theater/Movement/Music Program Co-facilitator and Instructor

  • Cornish College of the Arts - Dance Instructor and Outreach Coordinator 

  • New Holly Tutoring Program - Volunteer tutor K- 8

  • Joy of Dance Experience (JODE): An holistic self-care movement class, focusing on breath, emotional and physical safety, and respect for the wisdom of the body - Founder

  • In-home Infant Sleep Consultant 

  • Extended duration care-giving/nannying to four families with children on the autism spectrum.

  • Nanny to eight families, seven of which identified as having exceptional needs.

A Family's Testimonial
"Amelia has changed all of our lives for the better. She is a light that shines so bright, and we’re grateful to have encountered her.
 
"Our son is very sensitive and non-neurotypical, he has challenges with impulse control, and typically won't accept care from anyone but immediate family. Amelia has turned out to be a wonderful exception to this precedent--not only does he trust her to spend time with him, he also looks forward to and really enjoys their time together.

 

"Amelias holistic approach to working with our son has helped us and him. It has allowed all of us to experience healing and learn how to regulate ourselves as well as our child.
 
"It is a true gift for us to know that when we are experiencing inter-family hardship or one of us isn’t available, Ashley can depend on Amelia to offer additional support. She is always regulated and has given our son words for his feelings and tools to express his big emotions. She supports and honors his vitality, and can listen in a way that myself or my partner are sometimes unable to.
 
"It is not hyperbole to describe her as a miracle worker or angel--she is! Most importantly, she is always present and focused on the goal of families working with and loving each other to the fullest extent possible.  

 

"We love you Amelia!"
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