Sentara’s Back-to-School Suggestions that Go Beyond Pencils and Paper

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Fun in the sun is coming to an end as kids head back to school. Pencils, paper, and books aren’t the only things parents need to think about as their children head back to the classroom.

Nurse Practitioner Stephanie Schutter, RN, MSN, CFNP, at Sentara Family Medicine and Internal Medicine Physicians has seen patients of all ages in the Woodbridge area for years. “My favorite part of my job is taking care of families,” she says. “My true love is family practice. There is nothing more
rewarding than watching my kids grow and my adults move through different phases of their lives. They’re all like family to me.”

Schutter has some tips every family should think about going into the new school year. “Make sure immunizations and physicals are up to date. If your children play sports, they should have an up-to-date physical and concussion training, as schools now require these prior to tryouts,” Schutter says. Schutter says getting back to school also means getting back into a routine, so children are well-rested and ready to do their best.

And, while you might only think of your child’s primary care provider as an expert on the physical aspects of your child’s health, Schutter says Sentara Family Medicine is a place where parents can find resources on everything from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to bullying.

As we head into the new school year, she has this message for adults: “The most important message I have for my parents is to talk with your children, and take the time to listen.”


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