Dr. Andrea Benyovszky
Community Advisory Committee
Dr. Benyovszky has been the full-time Director of the Conductive Learning Center (CLC) in Grand Rapids, MI since its inception in 1999. The CLC, which serves infants through young adults with motor impairments, utilizes an intensive education-based re/habilitation method called conductive education. This approach, which was developed in the 1950s by a Hungarian medical doctor named András Pető, was designed to foster maximal independence for those individuals living with motor challenges due to damage to the central nervous system. While conductive education programs have become increasingly popular internationally, the CLC remains the only program within North America that is associated with conductive education’s mother institute hosted in Semmelweis University/András Pető Faculty (Budapest, Hungary). Dr. Benyovszky works as a liaison between this institute and CLC while serving as a representative for conductive education within the United States.
Additionally, Dr. Benyovszky is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Aquinas College (Grand Rapids, MI) and teaches coursework in the POHI/Conductor-Teacher training program. She also oversees the students’ laboratory school experiences at the Conductive Learning Center. This training program, which began accepting students in the year 1999, is recognized for being the only conductor-teacher training program within North America. Upon completion of the five-year BA program, graduates are eligible for State teaching credentials in elementary and special education, while also receiving conductor-teacher certification from Semmelweis University/András Pető Faculty for providing conductive education programming internationally.
Dr. Benyovszky is a founding member and former President of the Association for Conductive Education in North America (ACENA). She holds an MA in Special Education and a Ph.D. in Educational and Behavioral Science from Eötvös Loránd University Doctorate School in Budapest, Hungary.