This is one of my new favorite things: Dinner Winner by Fred Toys. Basically, it’s a lunch tray setup like a game board. It’s pretty self-explanatory; you place foods in the tray, the child eats the items one compartment at a time, and they get their treat at the end.
I’ve been using this for my picky eaters. The visual element might make more sense for kids than simply “cleaning their plate,” and having them work step-by-step towards a concrete reward is helpful. Oh, and instead of an edible treat at the end, I’ve used smaller toys or picture cards to represent rewards (i.e. an iPad picture for 10 minutes of iPad time). Of course, it’s a little more complicated than just that. For example, you’ll need to consider where your child is in terms of food adversity, so consult your therapist so they can show you how to use it for your picky eater at home. Every kid is different, and therefore will need different directions, supports, etc.
Another benefit of this item is that it’s portable. You can take this bad boy on vacation or to restaurants. Using this familiar item in unfamiliar places may help your child understand that even though the place is new, the expectations are the same.
Here is the Amazon link if you want to buy it: Dinner Winner on Amazon.