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Parents' Evaluation of Aural/Oral Performance of Children (PEACH)

The PEACH tool was developed to evaluate the effectiveness of amplification for deaf infants and children by a systematic use of parents' observations. It’s a diary kept by parents about how children are using their listening in everyday life. There are questions asking how children are listening when it’s quiet or noisy, listening to sounds around them and on the phone and many more.

Normative data means the performance of deaf children can be related to their hearing peers and/or other children with similar degrees of deafness.

Age range

PEACH has been developed for use with babies as young as one month old, older children of school age and children of different abilities. Guidance when using PEACH advises parents that some of the questions may not be relevant to their child yet as skills may develop over time.

Who can use it?

Parents with audiologists and Teachers of the Deaf.

How is it used?

Parents write down examples of their children’s behaviour in the diary which can then be discussed with the audiologist or other professionals working with the child and his or her family.

Pros

  • Gives parents opportunity to contribute and consider their child’s listening development.
  • Useful to complement the assessments taken by teachers.
  • Can identify areas which would not be observed by teachers.

Cons

  • Not standardised.

Is there a cost?

No. Free to download.

Where can I access it?

You can find the assessment on the Grapevine Audiology website