Parent Report in Identifying Autism in Infants Public Deposited

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  • Peterson, Lauren
    • Affiliation: School of Medicine, Department of Allied Health Sciences, Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • Parent report is often used in helping identify risk for developmental disabilities. However, limited research addresses the utility of parent/caregiver concerns in identifying risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASD). First Year Inventory (FYI) questionnaires (n=128) were sampled from an ongoing project, examining parent responses to open-ended questions about concerns regarding their 12-month-old. Parents of infants scoring at-risk on the FYI expressed significantly more concerns about their infants than parents of infants not at risk. Parents in both groups reported medical concerns most frequently. Among at-risk infants, infants whose parents had concerns did not exhibit significantly more ASD risk markers on a standardized ASD measure than infants whose parents had no concerns; however, those whose parents expressed concerns about their infants' social or language development had lower scores on a standardized communication measure. Findings in this study support the use of parent-reported concerns in identifying risk for ASD in infants.
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  • Watson, Linda R.
  • Master of Science
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