Teaching Strategies for

Students with Disabilities

Desk learning has its limits.

You believe every student deserves access to a meaningful education.

The trouble is, desk learning can be restrictive, one-size-fits-all, and test-driven. Research tells us those things aren’t good for most students. And they’re especially ineffective for those with disabilities.

Nontraditional and kinesthetic methods, like those in the performing arts, provide more robust educational opportunities for students of all abilities.

Feel out of your depth when it
comes to ESE? 
No worries.

Teaching Strategies for Performers with Disabilities offers step-by-step guidance and
practical resources so you can leverage the power of the performing arts in your classroom.

We’ve done the heavy lifting for you.

Get the tools you need to make the difference you want.

Engage students with disabilities in fun and meaningful ways

More easily manage difficult classroom behaviors

Decrease frustration and feel re-energized

Discover nontraditional learning activities for all students

Inspire inclusivity among your students

Bring more joy to your classroom

Teaching Strategies is ideal for…

All Educators

Parents of Students with Disabilities

Community Theater Teams

Speech, Physical, and Occupational Therapists

All Educators

Parents of Students with Disabilities

Community Theater Teams

Speech, Physical, and Occupational Therapists

Affordable professional development you’ll actually use.

Grow your confidence with evidence-based tips and tools

Keep your students on track with easy-to-use lesson plans

Follow real-life examples by watching other teachers in action

Go at your own pace with bite-sized, on-demand instruction

Have peace of mind with our money-back guarantee

I am so proud of the rehearsals and performances that we were able to accomplish this school year with my students. People Like Us truly blessed our classroom with some amazing curriculum and resources.

– Danielle R., Teacher, Jean O’Dell Learning Center

The performing arts has been a wonderful way for our children to show their actual talents. It also has taught the community just how capable people with intellectual disabilities are!

– Janice H., Parent


Curriculum Highlights

18 bite-sized video lessons, including:

Creating Equity and Differentiation

Develop an equitable learning environment by varying your teaching methods for different students.


Break down tasks to allow students to learn in a non-judgmental and pressure-free environment.

Emphasizing Social Emotional Learning

Support your students in building social skills and connection with themselves and others.

Building Trust

Use Brené Brown’s B.R.A.V.I.N.G Model to build trust and emotional safety in the classroom.

Engaging Hesitant Performers

Use evidence-based strategies to engage and motivate students of all abilities.

Assessing Levels of Assistance

Explore various levels of assistance to promote independence and choice-making in your students.

Recognizing Sensory Differences

Learn sensory integration strategies to demystify behaviors and best respond to all energy levels.

Best Practices for Virtual Classrooms

Lean on tested tips and tricks for turning arts-based instruction into a powerful virtual experience.

Incorporating Non-Traditional Readings

Learn how to leverage performing arts texts—like scripts, lyric sheets, and playbills—to boost literacy skills.

Plus 32 resources you can use in your classroom today.


21 Choice Boards

Support choice-making, independence, and self-advocacy.

Identity Web Template

Help students share about themselves and connect to one another.


Lesson Plan Templates

Develop infinite lesson plans with these plug-and-play templates.

4 Social Stories

Use social stories to help students better name and understand their feelings.

Behavior as Communication Workbook

$79 Value

Uncover the mystery behind disruptive classroom behaviors so you can handle them with less frustration.

Grow your skills through expert instruction.

Lauren Modawell is a performer with an unknown intellectual disability and rare genetic disorder. Her lived experience gives her a unique perspective on the intersection of art and disability.

Dr. Victoria You is a Doctor of Occupational Therapy. She specializes in pediatrics and sensory integration, primarily providing therapeutic services to patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Cameron Hayes studied vocal performance at Florida State University before becoming a middle- and high-school educator in Central Florida. 

Your best classroom is this close. 

Get the tools you need.

Our courses are evidence-based and practical. You'll be able to put your new skills to use right away.

Make learning fun and joyful.

Every course is packed with lessons and plug-and-play activities. Students love them!

See all your students thrive.

As your confidence soars, your students' will, too. Everyone will rise to the occasion.

Explore our other courses…

Teaching Music

Incorporate music into your lesson plans—and create a more engaging learning environment for all students.

Teaching Movement

Help students develop proprioception, self-regulation, and motor coordination.

Teaching Theater

Equip students to develop speech, social awareness, literacy, and independence.

Common Questions

Do I need performing arts experience?

Absolutely not. Our courses give you everything you need to plan, execute, and troubleshoot performing arts curriculum in your classroom. No experience required!

Are the courses appropriate for students with more severe behaviors?

Yes. You deserve tips and tools for every situation. That's why we include our bonus Behavior as Communication workbook with each course. With this resource, you can uncover the hidden meaning behind disruptive behaviors and more effectively manage them in your own classroom.

What if I don't want to put on a production?

You don't have to! Our courses give you everything you need to use the arts in your classroom, not just on a stage.

How long can I access my courses?

You get 24/7, on-demand access for 24 months. Refer back again and again as you implement what you learn in your own classroom!

How do I access the content?

You can access course content from your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop. Anywhere, anytime!

Is there financial aid available?

If cost is a concern, we have grant opportunities available! Email for more information.

Are your courses only for teachers?

No! Our courses are also designed for community theaters, transition programs, curious parents, and school-based therapists like OTs and SLPs.

What is a CEU? Are you a licensed CEU provider?

CEU stands for “continuing education unit.” You may be more familiar with the term PDH (“professional development hour") or CPE ("continuing professional education").  These terms are interchangeable and refer to the continuing education credits that educators and therapists need for recertification.

CEU/PDH/CPE approval and licensure is a district-by-district decision. Be sure to get approval from your school district before starting your course(s). Use this justification letter template if you need help getting started.

Can I request a purchase order?

Of course! Email if your district needs information to set us up as a new vendor and/or to request a purchase order.

May I have a peek at the course syllabus before I purchase?
What if I'm not happy with my course(s)?

We offer a 30-day money-back guarantee. Simply email

Is there an option for more hands-on support?

Yes! We offer in-person and virtual consulting services. Check them out here!

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