University of Southern California
University of Southern California
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy


Our commitment to advancing the knowledge of early risk signs of ASD and related neurodevelopmental disorders has led to the development of various multimodal assessment tools. These tools are designed for pediatric clinical or research settings. Investigators interested in using these assessment tools for research purposes should contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), with the subject line “[Assessment name] request.”

First Year(s) Inventory (FYI)
(Baranek, Watson, Crais, & Reznick, 2003 [version 2.0];
Turner-Brown, Baranek, Reznick, Watson, & Crais, 2013 [version 3.1])

The First Year(s) Inventory (FYI) is a caregiver report screening tool that identifies children who are at risk for ASD and related neurodevelopmental disorders based on social communication and sensory-regulatory behaviors in the first year of life. Validation studies using the FYI v2.0 (and FYI v2.0 LITE) have been conducted by our own team in community samples (Baranek et al., 2015; Lee et al., in revision; Reznick, Baranek, Reavis, Watson, & Crais, 2007; Turner-Brown et al., 2013; Watson et al., 2007), as well as other research groups (Ben-Sasson & Carter, 2012, 2013; Rowberry et al., 2015) with high-risk and community samples.  The FYI v2.0 was normed for 12 month old infants and has been translated to many languages for use in international research studies.  Emerging research on the utility of the newly expanded FYI v3.1 suggests that the tool is promising in identifying risk for ASD between the ages of 6 and 16 months in a community sample. The insp!re team is currently revising and translating the FYI (version 3.1) into Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

Developmental Concerns Questionnaire (DCQ)
(Reznick, Baranek, Watson, & Crais, 2005)

The Developmental Concerns Questionnaire (DCQ) is a descriptive tool in which caregivers report concerns about their child’s development, including those raised by relatives, healthcare providers, and childcare providers. The questionnaire also probes for diagnostic and family history of developmental conditions or ASD. It has been used as a supplement to the FYI data collection in several studies (Turner-Brown et al., 2013).

Sensory Processing Assessment for Young Children (SPA)
(Baranek, 1999)

The Sensory Processing Assessment for Young Children (SPA) is a behavioral measure that examines a child’s response to novel sensory stimuli in a semi-structured play context with standardized toys. The SPA yields information regarding the child’s responses to novel tactile, auditory, and visual stimuli in social and non-social domains, resulting in subscale scores for hyperresponsiveness and hyporesponsiveness. Several validation studies have been published (Baranek, 1999; Baranek, Boyd, Poe, David, & Watson, 2007; Baranek et al., 2013).

Sensory Experiences Questionnaire (SEQ)
(Baranek, 1999 [version 2.1], 2009 [version 3.0])

The Sensory Experiences Questionnaire (SEQ) is a caregiver report regarding children’s responses to and behavior during various sensory experiences. The questionnaire also inquires about caregiver attempts to change the child’s behavior. The SEQ yields hyperresponsiveness and hyporesponsiveness subscales and is currently being translated into Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.  Several validation studies have been published for both versions 2.1 (Baranek, 1999; Baranek, David, Poe, Stone, & Watson, 2006; Boyd et al., 2010; Little et al., 2011) and 3.0 (Ausderau et al., 2014; Baranek, 2009).


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