Vilja Laaksonen


“SKILLS CAN ALWAYS BE LEARNT. THAT IS WHY SEEMINGLY MINOR POSITIVE EXPERIENCES IN CHILDHOOD MAY RESULT IN GREAT THINGS IN THE FUTURE.”

With friends, a child enters a world where rules of play are negotiated together, new experiences are shared accompanied with stories, and friendships are formed. As such, children need various interaction skills with their peers. Communication has great power in the interactive relationships between children as well as between adults because, in the end, everything important in life comes down to interaction.

I have a strong background in research and education. In my doctoral thesis, I studied children’s peer relationships and bullying in a pre-school peer group. The research perspective is that the development of peer interaction skills supports intervention in bullying even before children start actual school. I am happy that at RALLA I can do my part to ensure that we offer children the best possible abilities for how to operate with friends.”

Education: PhD, M.Soc.Sc., teaching qualification
Keywords: friendship skills, peer interaction skills, group activities, interaction, early education, education