1. Is Parker's speech development appropriate for his age? Explain? His speech is not developmentally appropriate because children that are nearing 2 years of age should be able to speak up to 50 words and be somewhat understandable on all words.
2. What significance might Parker's ear infection have to his hearing loss? How might his food allergies be contributing to the loss? When the infection sinks in it blocks the ability to hear and can cause permanent hearing loss if it happens often, his food allergies could cause him to not be able to get the vitamins or nutrients he needs to get better.
3. Should the screening team's recommendation for Parker include a referral to his physician? Why? Yes it should, because if he has perminate hearing loss the physcian can give him help with some information on aids to help hear better also on information on how he could better his speech and other ways of communication.
4. What behavioral signs of hearing loss might you expect Parker to exhibit? He may exhibit some frustrations on hearing what others say, he may have a louder volume than others, may lash out if he does not understand what is going around him or does not respond when called upon. Also may not socialize with other children due to the lack of commnication.
5. What strategies might the development team suggest to Parker's mother and grandmother for improving his speech development and communication skills? They may suggest that he go to speech therapy or a rehabilitation center for children or provide them information on how to communicate better.