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


First Years Inventory (FYI) Pilot Study to Culturally Diverse Populations in Los Angeles

Principal Investigators: Grace Baranek PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA & Helen Lee PhD
Project Coordinator: Valentina Vera-Carrasquero MA

November 2018 to August 2020 | Total funding $3,000

Funding source Date/s Amount

Southern California Clinical Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI) Nov 2018 $3,000

This study aims to add new data to our team’s ongoing research to identify early risk markers of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and develop better screening tools for infants in the general population. In our previous study in North Carolina, approximately 7000 parents of infants between 8 and 16 months of age completed the First Years Inventory (FYI; Baranek et al., 2013), which is an early screening tool designed to identify infants at risk for later diagnosis of ASD.  However, the majority of the participants from this North Carolina sample were English-speaking European Americans, thus normative data is not generalizable to other languages or ethnic groups in diverse urban communities, such as Los Angeles. This pilot research study will extend collection of normative data to include Spanish-speaking families, primarily of Hispanic/Latino/a ethnicity in the Greater Los Angeles area.