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21 May 2019

Meet Frankie in our latest podcast

What do our occupational therapists do? That was the first question we asked Frankie Palmer, one of our service delivery team, when we lured her into an interview in our recent podcast with the promise of non-existent cake. You can get the podcast here, which also features Frankie's London Marathon tips and Tom, our Events Coordinator, playing 'Who's that Pokemon' to celebrate the release of the Pokémon Detective Pikachu movie. Random.

Below: Frankie shares a joke in our Accessible Games Room last year

Frankie laughing and standing by a beneficiary in a wheelchair

So, what does an occupational therapist do?

“OT’s do a wide range of things, depending on the setting,” said Frankie. “Basically we try and get people back to doing what they want to do. For me, being an OT at SpecialEffect is, well, exactly that.”

And are you a gamer?

“I do play games. At home I’ve got a PS4 and a Nintendo Switch - I’ve got Mario Oddessy on the go at the moment - and Zelda. Before that I played Skyrim on PS3…”

We sometimes discover the OTs and the R&D team playing games together on a Friday afternoon in our accessible games room. What’s that all about?

“You need to research what people are playing. We do it because games come out we need to find out about any accessibility features that might be useful for us, so we’ll play the games, go through all the menus and get a feel for what people might need to play them. Games vary in their complexity a lot so we have look at a huge range.”

Fair enough.

Below: Friday afternoon in the Games Room. This is work, honest.Group of people gathered around a gaming console and screen

It must be rewarding helping people to play. Do you have a particular favourite moment?

“Good question! Can’t honestly say that I do have like one specific experience. I do find it particularly rewarding working with very young kids who haven’t played games at all. They’ve got friends and family who can all play, but all they themselves can do is watch. Just being able to set them up and give them the opportunity… sometimes just the joy on their faces when they realise they can play… they just light up.”

“It makes all those early morning starts worthwhile. Where’s my cake?”

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