The story of RALLA stems from the needs of day-to-day education and rehabilitation efforts. The RALLA observation methods have been designed as tools for early childhood education and rehabilitation professionals. They help to focus on supporting the individual strengths of a child and preventing and overcoming potential challenges. In addition to supporting the child’s individual occupancy, the interest has been on enabling the participation and inclusion of the child in a peer group. One of the everyday issues has been that no reliable, research-based observation methods have been available for identifying strengths and potential challenges in occupation and participation.
Experts of RALLA Tiina Lautamo and Vilja Laaksonen both set out independently to find a solution to this problem: Tiina approached it by studying children’s play skills and how they are learned, and Vilja by examining the identification of children’s peer interaction skills and the prevention of bullying. Both research journeys produced a concrete tool to identify the strengths and challenges of a child, to provide support, and to prevent potential friendship problems.
This handbook introduces you to the use of the RALLA tools.
You can also use the RALLA application, which is available online and as a mobile application.