Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 49–61

The First Year Inventory: Retrospective Parent Responses to a Questionnaire Designed to Identify One-Year-Olds at Risk for Autism

  • Linda R. Watson
  • Grace T. Baranek
  • Elizabeth R. Crais
  • J. Steven Reznick
  • Jessica Dykstra
  • Twyla Perryman
Original Paper


The First Year Inventory (FYI) is a parent questionnaire designed to assess behaviors in 12-month-olds that suggest risk for an eventual diagnosis of autism. We examined the construct validity of the FYI by comparing retrospective responses of parents of preschool children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD; n = 38), other developmental disabilities (DD; n = 15), and typical development (TD; n = 40). Children with ASD were rated at significantly higher risk on the FYI than children with DD or TD. The DD group was at intermediate risk, also significantly higher than the TD group. These retrospective data strengthen the validity of the FYI and have implications for refining the FYI to improve its utility for prospective screening of 12-month-olds.


Autism Infants Screening Parent questionnaire Social-communicative Sensory-regulatory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Linda R. Watson
    • 1
  • Grace T. Baranek
    • 2
  • Elizabeth R. Crais
    • 1
  • J. Steven Reznick
    • 3
  • Jessica Dykstra
    • 1
    • 4
  • Twyla Perryman
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, School of MedicineThe University of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA
  2. 2.Division of Occupational Sciences, School of MedicineThe University of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA
  3. 3.Psychology DepartmentThe University of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA
  4. 4.Kennedy Krieger InstituteBaltimoreUSA

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