Story

The story of Silmu Parenting (Parental Box) began when our team participated in Helsinki Challenge science competition in 2017. The aim of the competition was to find solutions that help humankind reach UN Sustainable Development Goals. Our idea was to provide every family in the world reliable, scientific, evidence-based information on child’s development and to support the mental wellbeing of the whole family. Parental Box has expertise from the field of early education, special education, positive psychology, child psychiatry, brain studies and neuro sciences.

Our project proceeded to the finals, and gain wide positive recognition. Due to the supportive feedback we discovered that demand for Parental Box truly exists, and decided to develop our idea further – we named the service Silmu Parenting.

For the past couple of years we have refined our servicemodel from ideology to “meet the need”- oriented. We have put a lot of time and effort to recognize the interfaces and moments when parents have the need to use our services. As of autumn 2019 we are developing Silmu further as a side project, we are looking for new possibilites and opportunities to take Silmu closer to parents and develop our serivce further.

People and Partners Behind SIlmu

Nina Sajaniemi (Helsingin yliopisto)

Lotta Uusitalo-Malmivaara (Helsingin yliopisto)

Minna Huotilainen (Helsingin yliopisto)

Kaisa Vuorinen (Helsingin yliopisto)

Risto Hotulainen (Helsingin yliopisto)

Taina Sainio (Helsingin yliopisto)

Mirja Köngäs (Varhaiskasvatuksen tutkijatohtori)

Marja-Leena Laakso (Jyväskylän Yliopisto)

Arniika Kuusisto (Stockholm University)

Jukka Mäkelä (THL)

Taisto (Varhaiskasvatuksen erityisopettaja)

Kylliki (Varhaiskasvatuksen erityisopettaja)

Marjo Hannukkala (Suomen Mielenterveysseura)

Hanna Sellergren (Ensi- ja Turvakotien liitto)

Anna-Mari Sajaniemi

Piret Paal