The Feeding Team advocates use of the divided plates for our kids as we utilize the "food chaining" approach. Typically, these plates are seen in the marketplace as character-themed plates with cartoon and television icons our children are familiar with. My child, however, hit a developmental point and maturity level where he rejected dishes, or any other items that featured characters targeted at toddlers and preschoolers. Although his autism is severe, he did seem to grow out of being impressed by them.
That is why I was thrilled to discover that Corningware makes a plain, white, divided plate. They come in a small and large size. I purchased them inexpensively at the Corning/Revere Store in the Tuscola Outlet Mall. They are practically indestructible, which comes in handy when food therapy becomes a frisbee game; not that that's ever happened to me... Plain white dishes that are always the same meet with Joey's approval. The rest of my dishes are also Winter White Corningware, so now that he is taking spinach and other greens readily out of a bowl, his "eating vessels" all have the same basic look. I believe it helps him to have some variables the same. Blessings, Ellen