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Neuro Emotional Literacy

January 29, 2021

The Neuro Emotional Literacy Program  (NELP) is still operating at West Heights Elementary School, with support groups meeting online. If you would like information about the program, or are interested in resources for parents, teachers, and educational assistants that can help you address the emotional needs of children, please check out our website: 

There are over 20 puppet plays for children at the website. These plays address social and emotional issues for children, such as how to deal with anxiety, disappointment, anger and boredom. There are also many resources and links to online resources, as well as research article summaries on topics relating to emotional wellness. 

 Dr. Kate Patten, Director of NELP

To sign up, click on the blue document below:



Do you want your children to be:
  • better able to manage their emotions
  • more capable of controlling their desires

  • able to delay getting what they want
  • more likely to have more successful relationships

  • less likely to experiment with drugs

Learn how to do this and more by attending a series of 6 workshops taught by Dr. Kate Patten, whose studies in neuroscience and neuropsychology at SFU focus on helping parents guide their children to better emotional, mental, and physical well-being.

The Neuro Emotional Literacy Program, in partnership with Simon Fraser University and School District #75, offers a 6-week program at West Heights Elementary School, from October to November, which includes:

  • free childcare from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m.
  • healthy after school snacks
  • dinner for enrolled families

For more information, contact Kate at

NELP Schedule West Heights Elementary 

Jan- Jun 2020

Mondays: Jan 13, 20, 27       Feb3, 10, (18), 24      Mar 2, 9    


Support Groups:

Tuesdays: Jan 14, 28         WednesdaysJan 15, 29         ThursdaysJan 16, 30

                   Feb 11, 25                                 Feb 11, 25                              Feb 13, 27

                  Mar 10, 31                                 Mar 11                                    Mar 12

                  Apr 14, 28                                  Apr 1, 15, 29                          Apr 2, 16, 30

                  May 12, 26                                 May 13, 27                             May 14, 28

                  Jun 9                                            Jun 10                                    Jun 11

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday groups meet after school.

Any parents who have previously completed the NELP 6-week program many contact Kate at to join any of the support groups.