Kerry McCarthy-Adams, BS, M. Ed, ITFS

Kerry has been serving families as a Developmental Therapist since 2009. She began her career as an elementary and middle school teacher. Kerry has worked with children with a wide range of abilities and needs including:

  • ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Developmental Delays
  • Dwarfism
  • Fragile X Syndrome
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Prematurity
  • Selective Mutism
  • Sensory Processing Disorder.

Kerry utilizes each child's strengths and motivations to work toward his or her goals.  A parents' knowledge of their child, as well as observations during daily routines, are an essential part of this process. Kerry uses creative problem solving to adapt activities using available materials to promote each child's growth and development.


From her experience in collaboration, Kerry has learned that each partnership with a family is unique and must be   approached with an open mind. As her understanding and appreciation for young children grows, Kerry continually extends her knowledge of early childhood development in new ways.  She loves to research resource materials (including books, videos, websites, and organizations) and share this information with her families.  She regularly attends workshops and training opportunities.


Kerry is a trainer with the NC Children and Youth Branch (DHHS) for Parents As Collaborative Leaders. She is an accredited Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) provider. She is an active member of the NC Fragile X Foundation and has served on the Special Education and Inclusion committee for the county PTA Council. She is a Founding Member of the NC Infant Toddler Mental Health Association.


Before moving with her family to North Carolina, Kerry lived and taught in Tanzania and England. She is the mother of two charming and active boys, one of whom has special needs. As a result, she can relate to parents’ experiences as they seek support for their child’s specific needs. Kerry is grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with parents as advocates for their child. She is sensitive to and respectful of each family’s experience, as well as cultural background.