Miss M spotted a worrier eater in the shop while we were shopping the other day.
She is quite an anxious child, she worries about most things/everything and quite often needs reassurance that what ever she is worrying about will be fine. Her new thing is she is worried her father and I will get lost. I thought it would be a good idea to get one for her. We brought it home and Miss M named it Emma.
The purpose of a worry eater is quite basic, to eat up the children’s worries and thoughts that the child puts in it’s mouth through a zip on it’s mouth.
The adult each night needs to empty out the contents of the mouth to make the child think their notes have been eaten up so the child doesn’t need to worry anymore.
I use it slightly differently.
When Miss M writes a worry on a note and gives it to the worry eater to gobble up, I empty the notes when she is asleep and read them.
The next day I will speak to her about the worry (if I feel it’s one that needs addressing). Some of them she has written are , ‘I worry that I won’t get a treat on treat day because I have not behaved’. The upsetting ones are, ‘I worry that my teacher will tell me off if I be myself at school’. Her Teacher wouldn’t tell her off, I know it and so does Miss M.
Miss M has sensory processing disorder and has many emotional/aggressive outbursts that at school she would perhaps be spoken to about, but as Miss M is very much rules focused at school, I will talk to her about this worry. I tell Miss M the worry eater wanted me to see what was worrying you. Miss M doesn’t mind and is happy to talk about it.
So far it’s working well and if it helps ease her anxieties then we will keep on using it.