This week on Thrive, October 11- 15

Are audio books a good idea for your child?

Dr. Rich explores whether or not audio books are more stimulating for children than TV or reading?

More than meds: a multifaceted approach to ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders in children. Recent numbers show 4.5 million students age 5 to 17 have been diagnosed with some form of ADHD, where impulsivity, hyperactivity, inattentive behavior or a combination of all three, interferes with relationships at school or home. While medication is an important part of treatment, there are many behavioral approaches adults can use that can help make life easier for kids with ADHD.

US government endorses abstinence plus approach to sex education

Up until recently, federal funding for sex education was allocated almost entirely to programs with an abstinence-only agenda. But new policies are breaking with that tradition and suggesting sex ed programs adapt a more cohesive approach. One of the suggested teaching methods adopted by the government was developed by a researcher from Children’s Hospital.

Cutting the cord

Thanks to emails, texts and Facebook, today’s teenagers are closely connected with mom and dad, but is that constant electronic connection making them less independent? Dr. Claire McCarthy says it’s possible and offers advice on cutting the cord.

One patient’s story: our baby’s Esophageal Atresia and Tracheoesophageal Fistula

A family who’s child was born with a breathing difficulty are working hard to raise awareness about the rare respiratory condition that affects their baby.