MIM (Marschak Interaction Method) Assessment
The MIM is a structured technique for observing and assessing the overall quality and nature of relationships between caregivers and child. It consists of a series of simple games designed to elicit behaviours in four primary dimensions in order to evaluate the caregivers’ capacity to and the child’s ability to respond to the caregivers’ efforts:
Set limits and provide an appropriately ordered environment (Structure)
Engage the child in interaction while being attuned to the child’s state (Engagement)
Meet the child’s needs for attention, soothing and care (Nurture)
Support and encourage the child’s efforts to achieve at a developmentally appropriate level (Challenge)
The MIM takes from 30 to 60 minutes . There are sets of games/activities designed to be used in each of four age groups: infant, toddler, pre-school/school age, and adolescent. Materials needed to perform the tasks are simple and readily available.
In addition to allowing a close look at problem areas in the relationship, the MIM provides a unique opportunity for observing the strengths of both adult and child and of their relationship. It is, therefore, a valuable tool in planning for therapeutic interventions and in determining how to help families strengthen their relationships. The description of the relationship that results from this observation is a valuable aid in determining the appropriateness of custody arrangements, reunification, foster placement and/or adoption.