As many of you already know, in addition to being a Costs Lawyer I am also an accredited Mediator and find the whole area of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation both fascinating and increasingly in demand. However, what you may not know is that I used to be a teacher. I thought I was ok at it, although not one of those ‘bells and whistles’ teachers we all hope that our children will have. But I did a decent job.
I was, however, one of those who, whilst recognising that ADHD was a real condition, thought it was all about hyperactive, disruptive behaviour and did not affect any other aspect of a person’s personality. I have since realised that I was very much mistaken and am somewhat ashamed of myself for it. It turns out that ADHD causes great fatigue, an inability to focus on tasks at hand or ‘get things done,’ whilst on the other hand causing the sufferer to become fixated on one thing to the detriment of everything else, including eating, sleeping, and washing. It is not, as I had thought in my teaching days, hugely over-diagnosed, with children who are simply badly behaved being diagnosed with it. Rather the opposite. It is very difficult to get a diagnosis, especially as an adult and/or a female sufferer.
Having realised the error of my ways, I decided that the area of mediation in which I wished to specialise was SEND (special educational needs and disabilities). On Thursday and Friday last week, I attended a specialised SEND mediation course run by Prime Resolution. It was excellent – delivered remotely and at about a third of the cost of most other providers. I now have the follow-up supported practice to undergo – starting next week – and then will be a fully-fledged SEND mediator.
I would recommend Prime Resolution to anyone. Hugo and Marilyn really know their stuff and were very engaging in the course. Whilst I enjoy mediating, I am very excited to start mediating in SEND cases and hopefully help some of the children and young people out there to get the help they need to fulfil their potential.
Thank you, Hugo and Marilyn.