Presentations & Publications

Presentations and publications 

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  • Forster, S,. (2016). Student Teachers Looking at Themselves on Video: A Means to Putting the Learner at the Centre. Poster at the Australian Association of Speech Education and Principal’s Association of Special Schools, Melbourne. pdf
  • Forster, S. (2016). Does writing in first person put the person first. PMLDlink, 28, 20-21. pdf
  • Forster, S. (2015). Supporting interactions with adults who have profound intellectual and multiple disabilities as their skills deteriorate Video Enhanced Reflection on Practice: VIG for Mentoring, Coaching and Professional Development. London: Jessica Kingsley.
  • Forster, S. (2015). Co-regulation – Thinking, doing and supporting interaction partners. Paper presented at the AGOSCI 12th Biennial Conference, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Forster, S. (2015). Video Interaction Guidance – Supporting the Supporters of Interaction. Paper presented at the AGOSCI 12th Biennial Conference, Brisbane, Australia.
    Forster, S. (2015). Stop asking, hands down, shoosh: Social restraint in the name of appropriateness? Paper presented at the 50th Annual ASID Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
    Forster, S., Iacono, T., & McDonald, R. (2015). Overcoming a boundary to inclusivity: Intersubjectivity in interactions between adults with profound ID and workers. Paper presented at the 2015 IASSIDD Americas Regional Congress, Honolulu, Hawaii.
    Forster, S. (2014). The use video to support people to develop insights into their own interactive skills and explore perceptions about how their interactive partner sees the world. Paper presented at the Intensive Interaction Down Under 3, Melbourne, Australia.
    Forster, S. (2014). Video enhanced reflective practice: Interaction success during skill deterioration. Paper presented at the ASID NZ Annual Conference, Hamilton, New Zealand.
    Forster, S. (2014). Hanging Out Program: Interaction with people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities as a primary role, not an optional extra. Paper presented at the Communicate, Participate, Enjoy! Solutions to Inclusion Conference, Preston, Australia.
    Forster, S. (2014). Video Interaction Guidance: Supporting communication partners to enhance their interactions with people with communication difficulties. Paper presented at the Speech Pathology Australia, Melbourne, Australia.
    Forster, S. (2014). Interacting with each individual with very high and complex needs: Video interaction Guidance: Support and enhance relationships. Paper presented at the Young people with very high and complex care needs, St Kilda, Australia.
    Forster, S., & Iacono, T. (2014). The nature of affect attunement used by disability support workers interacting with adults with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 58(12), 1105-1120. doi:10.1111/jir.12103
    Forster, S. (2013). People with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities in Australia ~Present practices and problems. Paper presented at the The 1st International Conference on Services for People with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities, Taichung.
    Forster, S. (2013). People with intellectual disability aging: Interaction in the moment. Chiayi, Taiwan. Invited paper
    Forster, S., & McDonald, R. (2013). Hanging Out Program: Evaluation of impact on interaction in an adult day service. Paper presented at the AGOSCI 11th Biennial Conference, Sydney, Australia.
    Forster, S., & McDonald, R. (2013). Hanging out program: Evaluation of impact on interaction in an adult day service. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 10(2), 120-120. doi:10.1111/jppi.12029
    Forster, S., & McDonald, R. (2013). VERP: Supporting interactions through during skill deterioration between an adult with intellectual disability and dementia and disability support workers. Paper presented at the Video Enhanced Reflective Practice: Realising the potential of professionals ‘From strength to strength’, Newcastle, England.
    Gold, B., Forster, S., & Holodynski, M. (2013). Evaluation of a Video-Based Training to Foster the Professional Vision of Classroom Management in Elementary Classrooms. Zeitschrift Fur Padagogische Psychologie, 27(3), 141-155. doi:10.1024/1010-0652/A000100
    McVilly, K., & Forster, S. (2013). Ethical guidelines and profound intellectual and multiple disabilities in Australia. Paper presented at the 2013 International Symposium of Interdisciplinary Research on Person with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities, Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan.
    Forster, S. (2012). Book Review Editor: Rachel Mayes. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 0(0), 1-2. doi:10.3109/13668250.2012.719661
    Forster, S. (2012). Book Review: The multisensory handbook: A guide for children and adults with sensory learning disabilities. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 37(4), 376-377. doi:10.3109/13668250.2012.719661
    Forster, S., & Iacono, T. (2012). Affect attunement between disability support workers and adults with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities. Paper presented at the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities World Congress, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
    Forster, S., & Matsubasa, T. (2012). Adults with PIMD in Japan: Perspectives inside and outside. Paper presented at the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities World Congress, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
    Forster, S., & McDonald, R. (2012). The Hanging Out Program (HOP): Does it improve interactions between day service support workers with adults with PIMD? Paper presented at the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities World Congress, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
    Gray, K. M., Taffe, J., Sweeney, D. J., Forster, S., & Tonge, B. J. (2012). Could head circumference be used to screen for autism in young males with developmental delay? Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 48(4), 329-334. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1754.2011.02238.x
    Forster, S. (2011). Affect attunement in communicative interactions between adults with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities and support workers. (Doctor of Philosophy), Monash University.
    Forster, S. (2011). An ethical dilemma of too much listening and responding. PMLD Link, 23, No. 1, 5-6.
    Forster, S., Gray, K. M., Taffe, J., Einfeld, S. L., & Tonge, B. J. (2011). Behavioural and emotional problems in people with severe and profound intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 55(2), 190-198. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2788.2010.01373.x
    Forster, S. (2010). The H.O.P. (Hanging Out Program): Interaction for adults at risk of isolation. Paper presented at the Deafblindness in Australia: New ideas, directions and solutions, Melbourne, Australia. Paper retrieved from
    Forster, S. (2010). Personnel working in PMLD in Australia. PMLD LINK, 22(1), 20-21.
    Forster, S. (2010). HOP: The Hanging Out Program for people at risk of isolation. Paper presented at the Participation 2010 : Speech Pathology Australia National Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
    Forster, S. (2010). Age-appropriateness: Enabler or barrier to a good life for people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities? Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 35(2), 129-131. doi:10.3109/13668251003694606
    Forster, S. (2010). Unnamed in silence. Link, 19, 32-33.
    Forster, S. (2010). Interactions between adults with profound intellectual and multiple disabilties and disability support workers: Affect attunement. Paper presented at the 3 Minute Thesis Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Clayton, Australia.
    Forster, S. (2010). More than words. link magazine, 19, 15.
    Forster, S. (2010). Raising our sights: Services for adults with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities. Tizard Learning Disability Review, 15(3), 13-16. doi:10.5042/tldr.2010.0400
    Forster, S., & Iacono, T. (2010). It’s communication Jim, but not as we know: Coding nonsymbolic based interaction. Paper presented at the Speech Pathology Australia National Conference: Participation 2010, Melbourne, Australia.
    Forster, S., & Iacono, T. (2010). Affective attunement between disability support workers and adults with profound intellectual disability. Paper presented at the ASSID 45th Annual Conference: Seeking excellence, Melbourne, Australia.
    McVilly, K., & Forster, S. (2010). The demographic profiles and projected support needs of persons with multiple and complex disability in NSW. Retrieved from Sydney, Australia:
    Forster, S. (2009). The H.O.P. (Hanging Out Program): Interaction for Adults at Risk of Isolation. Paper presented at the 9th Annual Disability Support Worker Conference: More than just a carer: A career that makes a difference, Melbourne, Australia.
    Forster, S., & Iacono, T. (2009). The power in moments of connection: Interactions between disability support workers and adults with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities. Paper presented at the 2nd Asia-Pacific IASSID Regional Conference, Singapore.
    Forster, S., & Iacono, T. (2009). Interactions between disability support workers and adults with PIMD: Affect attunement. Paper presented at the 2nd Young Researcher Colloquium of the IASSID special interest research group on persons with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities, Cologne, Germany.
    Forster, S., Tonge, B., Einfeld, S., Gray, K., Taffe, J., Keating, C., & Parmenter, T. (2009). People with profound intellectual disability: The Australian Child to Adult Development (ACAD) study. Paper presented at the ASSID 44th Annual Conference: Power and Passion: Progress and Partnership.
    Forster, S. L. (2009). Dissemination of research results in plain English or Easy English? . Paper presented at the 2nd Asia-Pacific IASSID Regional Conference, Singapore.
    Forster, S. L. (2009). The H.O.P. (Hanging Out Program): Interaction for adults at risk of isolation. Paper presented at the AGOSCI 9th Biennial National Conference.
    Forster, S. L., & Fowler, S. (2009). Too much power, too little power: Getting arousal right for interaction. Paper presented at the AGOSCI 9th Biennial National Conference.
    Forster, S. L., & Watson, J. (2009). Communicating pain: “Distress may be hidden, but it is never silent”. Paper presented at the AGOSCI 9th Biennial National Conference.
    Tonge, B., Gray, K., Einfeld, S., Taffe, J., Keating, C., Forster, S., & Parmenter, T. (2009). Young people with ID and mental health needs: The Australian Child to Adult Development (ACAD) study. Paper presented at the ASSID 44th Annual Conference: Power and Passion: Progress and Partnership.
    Forster, S. (2008). HOP: Hanging Out Program: Interaction for people at risk of isolation. Oakleigh, Australia: Author.
    Forster, S., & Iacono, T. (2008). Interactions between disability support workers and people with PIMD: Different coding perspectives. Paper presented at the 13th IASSID World Congress, Cape Town, South Africa.
    Forster, S., & Iacono, T. (2008). What’s happening in interactions between disability support workers and people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities: Different coding perspectives. Paper presented at the ASSID 43rdth Annual Conference: Principles, policies & practices: The search for evidence, Melbourne, Australia.
    Forster, S., Iacono, T., Bloomberg, K., & Bryce, R. (2008). Adults with severe intellectual disability: Communication partners and modes. ACQ, 10(3), 89-91.
    Forster, S. L., & Iacono, T. (2008). Disability support workers’ experience of interaction with a person with profound intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 33(2), 137-147. doi:10.1080/13668250802094216
    Forster, S. (2007). In memory of something that once was there. Information Exchange(72), 21.
    Forster, S. (2007). People with profound intellectual disability: Practices, paradigms, & problems. Paper presented at the 42nd Annual ASSID Conference: In tune: Active citizenship, community engagment, Fremantle, Australia.
    Forster, S. (2007). Translating journal articles into plain English. Paper presented at the 42nd Annual ASSID Conference: In tune: Active citizenship, community engagment, Fremantle, Australia.
    Forster, S., & Iacono, T. (2007). Perceptions of communication before and after a speech pathology intervention for an adult with intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 32(4), 302-314. doi:10.1080/13668250701654425
    Forster, S., & Iacono, T. (2007). Interactions between adults with profound intellectual disabilty and support workers. Paper presented at the AGOSCI Bienial Conference: Licence to communicate, Melbourne, Australia. Poster retrieved from
    Forster, S., & Iacono, T. (2007). She may not talk, but she does communicate – Disability support workers perceptions of interactions with a person with profound intellectual disability. Paper presented at the 14th Deafblind International World Conference, Perth, Australia.
    Forster, S. (2006). “Pro-vocation”. ECAPSS Newsletter, 2-3.
    Forster, S. L. (2006). Communicative interactions between adults with profound intellectual disability and support workers: Part I. (Thesis Masters of Biomedical Science: Part 1), Monash University, Oakleigh, Australia.
    Forster, S. L., & Taylor, M. (2006). Using Intensive Interaction: A case study. ACQ, 8(1), 12-15.
    Forster, S. (2005, Summer). Arousal. Information Exchange, 9-10.
    Forster, S., & First Base Photography Group. (2005). Just hangin’ with my mates: Peers being powerful interaction partners. Paper presented at the AGOSCI Bienial Conference: Together we can, Brisbane, Australia. Poster retrieved from
    Forster, S., & Iacono, T. (2005). Together we can communicate with people with people with a profound intellectual disability. Paper presented at the AGOSCI Bienial Conference: Together we can, Brisbane, Australia.
    Forster, S., & Iacono, T. (2005). And she has a great effect on me: Communicative interactions between adults with profound intellectual disability and disability support workers. Paper presented at the 40th Annual ASSID Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.
    Forster, S., & Iacono, T. (2005). Communicating with people with profound intellectual disability: The voice of disability support workers. Paper presented at the Qualitative Research as Interpretive Practice Conference, Albury, Australia.
    Iacono, T., Forster, S., & Bryce, R. (2005). Changes in the social networks and communication supports of an adult with developmental disability following group home intervention. Paper presented at the AGOSCI Bienial Conference: Together we can, Brisbane, Australia.
    Taylor, M., & Forster, S. (2005). We can interact with you using Intensive Interaction: A case study of a man with Sanfilippo Syndrome and those who support him. Paper presented at the AGOSCI Bienial Conference: Together we can, Brisbane, Australia.
    Forster, S., & Iacono, T. (2004). Interacting with people with profound intellectual disabilities. Paper presented at the 39th Annual ASSID Conference.
    Forster, S., & Iacono, T. (2004). Interactions with people with profound intellectual disability. Paper presented at the 4th Annual DSW Conference, Melbourne, Australia.