Help your child learn

at home!

 Developed by educational experts Dr. Karen Fried and Dr. Melissa Mullin each workbook is the result of over 25 years of teaching thousands of students. Dr. Fried and Dr. Mullin use engaging, fun and effective techniques to help students learn. 


For Educators, Parents and Counselors

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Transition to Life After a Pandemic

Fun, Creative Activities for Students to Build Academic and Social Emotional Learning

The pandemic altered life and education as we knew it. Parents, students and educators adapted as well as they could during this unprecedented time. We learned how to Zoom, social distance and organize break out rooms. Families and schools have changed daily routines. We created a New Normal as we dealt with the pandemic.

The Transition to Life After a Pandemic activities help children express themselves. While the book is geared towards children, the activities are fun and insightful for all ages. These activities can be done one-to-one or in a group. Based on the work of Dr. Violet Oaklander each exercise includes a guided creative activity that allows students to explore and express their thoughts about the past, present and future.  

by Karen Fried PsyD LMFT and

Melissa Mullin, Ph.D.

Free Downloads

Muliplication Mastery

The Multiplication Mastery Program teaches your child how to master math facts. Using a multisensory approach, your child will grasp multiplication facts through visualization and games. Actively engaging with mental math allows students to gain multiplication mastery and succeed!

Five Paragraph Essay

Learning the structure for the Five Paragraph Essay helps students organize their ideas and create strong essays. This free download provides step-by-step guidance from idea generation to editing.

Articles on Learning

Dr. Fried and Dr. Mullin each write blog articles to help parents understand learning differences.

Reading and Language Processing Skills

Reading and Spelling

The By the Rules workbook arranges rules into meaningful patterns and creates a context that makes sense to students.

Reading Fluency

The Rapid Naming Workbook builds reading fluency skills. This “see and say” practice increases Visual Processing Speed, Word Retrieval Speed and Cognitive Flexibility.


Verbal Fluency

 Think, Talk, Laugh helps students create an internal organizational for  language, so they can quickly process and recall verbal information.

Executive Functioning and Thinking Skills

Executive Functioning

The Executive Functioning Workbook provides easy to follow, hands-on guidance and support to help students organize, plan, and follow through on tasks.

Adult EF Skills

Learning and practicing the skills outlined in the Adult Executive Functioning Workbook will guide you through the steps required to build

 Executive Functioning skills.

Flexible Thinking

Thinking creatively, seeing things from a different perspective and quickly adapting to changes helps students solve everyday problems.


For Therapists, Counselors and Educators

Healing Through Play

Using the Oaklander Model:

A Guidebook for Therapists and Counselors Working with Children, Adolescents and Families

by Karen Fried PsyD LMFT

Christine McKenna LMFT LPCC

This guidebook serves as a companion to the Oaklander Training Program Violet developed after publishing Windows to Our Children. Child and adolescent therapists came from all over the world to attend her life-changing two-week intensive workshops in Santa Barbara, California. This training continues in Santa Monica, California (led by Karen Fried) and in other United States and international venues by facilitators whom Violet trained, including Lynn Stadler and Peter Mortola. While this guidebook is meant to be used by therapists who have participated in Violet's training process, that experience is not a requirement.

Praise for the book:

The workbook is absolutely unbelievable!  I am ever so impressed with the time and thoughtfulness that clearly went into it.  What a contribution to Violet’s legacy.  Thank you.
- Claire Mercurio (founding VSOF board member)

Train with Karen:

Karen Fried offers training, supervision/consultation and presentations on how to use the Oaklander Model in your own work with children, adolescents, and their families.

All offerings continue Violet's tone of fun, educational and experiential training for therapists featuring a variety of materials including drawing, puppets, clay, sand tray, picture cards and more! Current training opportunities are provided virtually on Zoom.