The Marschak Interaction Method (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 tasks designed to elicit behaviors in four primary dimensions in order to evaluate the caregivers’ capacity to:
- 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)
- And the child’s ability to respond to the caregivers’ efforts
Because the MIM does not currently have a numeric rating system, skillful interpretation requires lots of practice, preferable with professional supervision. The TTI also recommend MIM skills training for those who plan to interpret MIM’s on a regular basis. Click here for more information about training.