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Dr Esther Hannah Shafer
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Birth: Mar. 4, 1951
Harris County
Texas, USA
Death: Dec. 27, 2000
City of London
Greater London, England

Houston Chronicle, 4 Feb 2001
DR. ESTHER HANNAH SHAFER was born March 4, 1951 to Sarah and Philip Shafer.
She died December 27, 2000 in London, England.
Esther was a very gentle, soft-spoken yet assertive person. Her accomplishments belie her all too short life. As a child, she attended Beth Yeshurun's Foundation school, Lanier Junior High, and Lamar High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society.
During her forty-nine years, Esther earned her BA and first MA from the University of Houston in Speech Pathology. These degrees were followed by an MA in Psychology for Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of the Pacific in California, and a Ph.D. in Psychology (Applied Behavior Analysis) from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.
Esther dedicated her life to helping the autistic and those with developmental communications disabilities. During the time that she worked full-time in the public schools, she volunteered for two summers as the speech-language pathologist for the Houston chapter of the National Society for Autistic Children's Summer program. She developed and implemented programs for autistic children and developmentally disabled adults in Denton, TX; St. Mary's, W. VA; and Manteca, CA. Many of these programs were for children and adults living in residential treatment facilities. When she moved to the United Kingdom, Esther served as Lecturer and research supervisor in Clinical Communications Sciences at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, and as a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster in London, England. She was given the responsibility of supervising other speech and language pathologists and assistants in a residential facility and school for developmentally disabled children and adults. Her work included creating and implementing training workshops for teachers and care givers so their skills could be maximized while working to maximize the potential of each of the residents.
Many tributes have been paid to Esther by friends and family. Several of the parents whose children worked with her noted that despite how ill she was, concern for the children was always uppermost on her mind. She introduced new techniques in the United Kingdom for teaching language to autistic children. Helping children gain verbal communication skills brought them out of their darkness. Realizing that learning is neither limited nor restricted to the classroom, Esther conducted workshops for staff and parents, so they could learn how to better understand and help these children develop further.
While at the University of Houston, Esther was a member of Hillel and Sigma Delta Tau. She was also a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis, American Psychological Association, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association with a certificate of Clinical competence, and a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, UK, with a certificate to practice. She also served on the Editorial Board of the Analysis of Verbal Behavior Journal.
Esther is survived by her mother, Sarah Sterbcow Shafer, and her husband, Richard Porter, aunts and uncles Mr. & Mrs. Edel Schikman, Beulah Title, Pauline Sampson, Conchita Shafer, and Morris Sheinberg. She is also survived by special cousin Esther P. Danziger and other cousins.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Greater Houston Chapter of the Autism Society of America, PO Box 2871, Houston, TX 77252-2871, or the charity of choice.
Family links: 
  Philip Mendel Shafer (1914 - 1984)
  Sarah Gertrude Sterbcow Shafer (1908 - 2004)
Adath Israel Cemetery
Harris County
Texas, USA
Created by: Lynna Kay Shuffield
Record added: Jul 27, 2010
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Dr Esther Hannah Shafer
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Dr Esther Hannah Shafer
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Dr Esther Hannah Shafer
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