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Following highly successful Forum events exploring the effects of neurodiversity in youth justice and the workplace, DFNZ is proud to host the 2021 Belief Change – A Family Journey Forum.

This Family Journey Forum offers a lifechanging opportunity to let go, be free, and unlock the strengths of dyslexia! The Forum will bring together dyslexic individuals, family members, teachers and educationists, solution and assessment solution providers, with a series of keynote talks and presentations to explore the reality of the family journey.


The family is at the heart of an individual’s wellbeing and development, with core beliefs formed in the childhood years. Self-esteem is fundamentally affected by these beliefs, so it is crucial that empowerment drives the family journey. Mindset is the key. As Henry Ford once said, “whether you think you can, or you think can’t – you’re right.”

Once a child has very clear dyslexia type tendencies or a formal assessment, there are three simple steps that will help overcome natural emotions of hurt, confusion and overwhelm. Join us to learn how to navigate these three steps –  recognition, understanding and action. Recognition that our children see the world differently, not less than. Understanding that the only lasting effect on them is how they show up, by what they believe about themselves. And action to ensure their belief system is all empowering.

Central to successful action is Belief Change. The Family Journey Forum unpacks this, looking at the belief systems, deleting the ones that do not serve and installing those that do.


12.30-1pm Venue opens, no allocated seating

1:00pm - 2.15pm ‘Get Ready’
Keynote presentations, and Q&A

Judge Andrew Becroft: Children's Commissioner

Guy Pope-Mayell: Chair of Trustees, Dyslexia Foundation of NZ

Rose Blackett: Educational Psychologist

15-minute break

2:30pm - 4.45pm ‘Buckle your seat belt’ (includes 20-minute afternoon tea break)

Dr Amanda Foo-Ryland & Sarah Foo-Ryland: International neural coding** experts

4.45 - 5.30pm: Making Connections

Mix and mingle, strengthen connections and be part of a pioneering community. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available at cash bar for your purchase.

We look forward to seeing you there!  

** Neural Coding is a trade mark of Your Life Live It


  • 1.00-5pm Saturday 20 February 2021. Millbrook Resort, Queenstown.
  • Hosted by Dyslexia Foundation of New Zealand, sponsored by Cookie Time Charitable Trust (principal sponsor of DFNZ)
  • Limited spaces available, max room capacity 150 pax
  • $145 ($95 early bird for first 100 tickets)