Denise Swensen, PT, DPT

A photograph of Physical Therapist Denise SwensenDenise Swensen received her physical therapy degree from New York University (1980). She completed the Specialized Training for Occupational and Physical Therapists in Early Intervention and Related Services (STAIRS) program and received her doctorate and certificate from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in 2012. Since 1989 she has worked in the public schools in Maryland, in both early intervention and school-based services. She has been the Part C to Part B transition specialist in Prince George’s County Public Schools, Maryland for the past four years. She is an APTA CCI, a member of the MD Task Force for Evidenced- Based Practice and was the chairperson of an APTA Pediatric Section work group that developed a Part C to Part B transition form for PT providers. She is a member of both the EI and School-Based SIGs of the Pediatric Section of the APTA and is the state representative for Maryland of the Peds Section. She has also established a PT outreach clinic for children with disabilities in Haiti, providing pro bono training, equipment and support.

PT/OT Giving the Gift of Mobility April 25, 2016 by Denise Swensen, PT, DPT
Typically developing children reach most motor milestones in a fairly predictable manner. By six months babies are rolling; by eight months they are creeping on all fours and sitting on their own and by ten-twelve months they are standing and getting ready to take their first steps. During this part of the first year of life, typically developing babies are exploring their environment, interacting with...