Who We Are
Sharon Fuller and her husband Ed are parents to nine children, six biological and three adopted internationally. Her adopted children have been diagnosed with a variety of disorders and disabilities including developmental trauma disorder, also known as reactive attachment disorder (DTD/RAD), developmental delays, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), and cerebral palsy. Sharon has had comprehensive training in the area of reactive attachment disorder, and how to help children who have this disorder, as well as their families.
Sharon continues to take classes in the most recent research in the areas of early childhood trauma development, and how it affects attachment. She has completed professional training with TBRI – Trust Based Relational Intervention, founded by Karyn Purvis Ph.D. and David Cross PH.D. Sharon has also received education regarding the effects of early childhood trauma on neurological development, FASD and other disorders that are often combined with a DTD/RAD diagnosis.
Sharon utilizes a holistic, integrated approach to work with the entire family. She provides practical help and support, bringing hope and encouragement to families in crisis. She understands the complexities of integrating adopted children into a family and works with the family to help facilitate health and healing for each individual, and for the family as a whole.
Ed Fuller, M.R.E, LEED AP, CPI/HWC Certified Instructor
Ed has a masters in religious education with a concentration in Youth and Family Ministry. He is a former youth pastor and has also worked with troubled youth at a halfway house. He has been married to Sharon for over 30 years. They are parents to nine children; six biological and three were adopted internationally. Ed has a heart to help children who have had a traumatic past. Ed also has instructor certifications for nonviolent crisis intervention from the Crisis Prevention Institute and Handle With Care Behavioral Management Systems, Inc.
Prior to joining The Attachment Place full time, he spent many years as a construction industry executive managing multimillion dollar construction projects as well as heading up all of the operations with a staff of about 60 people. While in college and grad school, Ed was an ASE certified auto mechanic. Ed utilities his professional background and OSHA safety training to keep all work and play activities safe and productive on the farm.
Cheryl Gardner-Crawley, B.A.
Cheryl Gardner-Crawley is a full-time Tutor/Educator. She has worked as a Teacher’s Assistant and Special Educator with Kennedy Krieger Institute. Prior to employment with Kennedy Krieger, she served as a long-term special education substitute teacher with Anne Arundel County Public Schools She holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in English from Virginia State University, a Certificate in Labor Relations from Cornell University, and studied secondary education at Anne Arundel Community College.
Ms. Crawley brings a host of transferable skills from her many years of retail management service. She is highly skilled in differentiating instruction, classroom management, and providing innovative learning techniques. Ms. Crawley considers the whole child and creates specific and tailored plans to ensure the success of her students. She understands that children learn differently and she creates an atmosphere for students to flourish and reach their full potential.
In her spare time, Ms. Crawley loves traveling, going to the theater, and writing poetry. She is a missionary to Jamaica in the West Indies and has serviced her local community with volunteer service to Habitat for Humanities and host of other organizations.