Functional Skills System

Product Description

For some, going on a shopping trip, using basic literacy skills, understanding how to act appropriately, or transitioning from school to adult life are very challenging tasks. The Functional Skills System provides easy to understand information that allows learners to become more capable of functioning independently in their homes, schools, communities and workplaces. The dozens of independent programs in this system increase a learner’s ability to make appropriate choices. Gaining functional life, social, literacy, health, safety, transportation, work and math skills allows for freedom and independence. The Functional Skills System consists of many programs covering the areas of:

  • Functional Life Skills
  • Functional Social Skills
  • Functional Literacy Skills
  • Functional Health Skills
  • Functional Safety Skills
  • Functional Transportation Skills
  • Functional Work Skills
  • Functional Math Skills

Video Modeling Done Right

The entire Functional Skills System is based on the concept of video modeling, where users watch someone do the desired behavior and then they do it. Using real videos makes for quicker generalization of the concepts being taught, and with a video library of over 4,500 videos to choose from, there’s something for everyone. Whether the user needs help with basic signs & words, hygiene, grooming, dress, social skills, or even core vocabulary, our system uses real-life video (not cartoons, drawings, animations or symbols) to communicate the concept clearly and effectively.

It is truly a treasure to find such a program with high interest and lower ability levels, filling so many different areas of skill like educational, functional and vocational needs. I am very grateful to have come across such a unique program to use for my child. It almost seems to have been tailor-made to address his areas of needs while teaching the way he learns best, as well as keeping his interest.

Kathy Keith - Parent

The video, images and sound effects of the programs are excellent. I like the interactive capability of the programs most of all. Students can learn at their own pace.

Mike Leung - Teacher,

The curriculum coordinator and I have printed the outstanding manuals that accompany each program. We are assigning classrooms particular modules to be covered this year that are appropriate for language and reading goals. My students need every moment to be a teaching/learning opportunity and these exceptional modules keep them actively involved in the instructional process. The subjects are solid and in tune with real life action videos that students want to use again and again. You have done all the work for us.

Susan M. Burbage - Educational/AT Specialist, The IVYMOUNT School

The Functional Skills System is excellent software that allows the teacher to individualize lessons to the various learning needs of the students’ and customize the audio/picture/video within the program to match the students’ specific environment(s). This software addresses specific life skills and by using this software the ESE students’ are able to generalize across domains to ensure that these fundamental life skills can be taught.

Terri Brewer - Exceptional Needs Specialist

I have looked for years for functional skill materials for my moderate/severe middle & high school students. It has been almost impossible to find things that are age appropriate, yet at a developmental level appropriate for the wide variety of students that I teach. Until now. Conover’s Functional Skills Programs are wonderful. The graphics and videos are the best I’ve found. Access is another great thing. Conover’s programs are easily used with Intellikeys and touch screens. I also like the Management program because it is so easy to use. I would definitely recommend this program.

Michelle Robbins - FMD Teacher, Berea Community School

Functional Independence

The Functional Skills System not only assesses and teaches independent living skills, but because the system is cloud-based, you can actually take it with you. Because the system works on smart phones and tablets, you can actually pull up the videos wherever you are, opening new doors for freedom and independence.

Skill Levels

There are three skill levels to our Functional Skills System.

sws-logo Signs and Words Series – The Signs and Words Series (basic level) is a series of videos that teach what various signs and words mean and what to do when seeing that sign or word. This series includes titles like Core Vocabulary, Community Signs & Words and School Signs & Words.
hts-logo How To Series – The How To Series (HTS) teaches how to do various activities. Tasks are presented with a general overview and then broken into a sequence of steps performed in a set order. The HTS includes titles like Hygiene, Grooming, Dress and Workplace Social Skills.
las-logo Learning Activity Series – The Learning Activity Series (advanced level) takes our HTS to the next level. This series is targeted toward higher level functioning life skills learners. It incorporates interactive lessons based upon video modeling. The Learning Activity Series includes titles like Communication Skills, Telling Time, Everyday Social Skills and Workplace Social Skills.


Credits are how you deliver content to your users. Credits never expire and can be used for anything in the Conover Online product catalog. Credits start at just $5.00 per credit with quantity discounts available.  Pay only for what you want to use.  Click here to learn more about credits.

Instructor-Led Course Option

It’s been said that if a picture a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a million. Never has that been more true than in the area of life skills, where video modeling is THE most effective method for teaching these critical life, literacy, health, math, safety, social, transportation, and work skills. With Conover Resources, you have access to our comprehensive video library to teach and re-enforce these critical skills. Conover Resources is the perfect tool for either individual or group instruction. Learn more about Conover Resources for Life Skills.

Research-Based Effectiveness

Video modeling is the process of repeatedly observing appropriate language and behavior in real-life situations on a screen and then using this new behavior in real-life situations. The past 40 years have seen the concept of modeling grow into an evidence-based practice that is supported with extensive research showing real promise for teaching individuals with significant disabilities.


More Information

See how our student-driven assessments can make your job easier or find out more about how Conover Online credits can be used with our Functional Skills System. Our brochure has information on our credits-based pricing system, explains our pre and post-assessment process and lists of all the different components that make up our Functional Skills System.

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