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Meet Karen and Melissa


Karen Fried, Psy.D., M.F.T. is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an Educational Therapist and consultant in Santa Monica, California. She has a private practice in Psychotherapy. Karen uses the Oaklander Model of Child Therapy in her practice and is the President of the Violet Solomon Oaklander Foundation. Karen's integration of Gestalt Play Therapy using Oaklander Model while also supporting neurodiverse students at the K&M Center provided a holistic and compassionate approach to supporting individuals with neurodiverse learning profiles. She trains child and adolescent therapists and educators in the US and internationally. Training, online tools, and many resources can be found at Karen can be reached at

Dr. Melissa Mullin's extensive background in educational psychology, combined with her dedication to supporting students and families, makes her a valuable resource in the field. Her journey, from her work at The Walt Disney Educational Media Company to earning a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at UCLA, reflects her passion for education and learning. Her work as an Educational Consultant helps empower students to thrive in their educational pursuits by providing comprehensive assessments, personalized recommendations, and guidance to those involved in their education. Her dedication to helping families is evident in her blog,, where she shares valuable insights about academic learning and life skills. Melissa can be reached at

Karen & Melissa Together


Karen Fried, Psy.D. and Melissa Mullin, Ph.D. founded the K&M Center, an educational institution dedicated to transforming the lives of neurodivergent children and adolescents. Their innovative approach combined personalized, evidence-based strategies and a deep understanding of individual learning profiles to help students unlock their full potential. As trusted consultants for those dedicated to serving neurodiverse students, their expertise extends to providing invaluable workbooks. These resources enable parents, tutors, and other professionals to facilitate effective learning experiences, fostering growth and success for every student.


Key features of K&M Workbooks:


  • Comprehensive Learning: Each K&M workbook is a complete package, ensuring that students have everything they need to learn and master new skills.

  • Introduction to Skills: We kickstart the learning journey with a thorough introduction to the skills at hand, setting a strong foundation.

  • Step-by-Step Guidance: Instructors will find detailed, user-friendly instructions and guides, making teaching a breeze.

  • All-Inclusive Materials: Say goodbye to the hassle of gathering materials. We provide everything needed to complete the lessons, saving you time and effort.

  • Carefully Crafted Lessons: Our lessons are meticulously designed to offer clear explanations, making complex information easily understandable for students.

  • Practice for Mastery: Reinforce learning and boost confidence with practice items that support students in mastering the concepts.


With K&M Workbooks, you have a powerful tool to ensure effective and efficient learning for neurodivergent students. Invest in their success today! 🌟


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