About Maratea Cantarella

Since joining TECA in 2014, Mara has worked to expand the grassroots organization into a vibrant online resource and community for parents of twice exceptional (2e) children. As the mother of a 2e child, she experienced first-hand both the scarcity of resources and information available to help parents raise these uniquely challenging children and the sense of isolation that comes from having a differently wired child. Before joining TECA, Mara spent her most of professional life as a development consultant working for numerous local, national and international organizations addressing such issues as human rights, education, mental health, social justice, medical research, leadership development and the arts. Mara received her BA in philosophy from Bryn Mawr College. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and amazing teenaged daughter and son.

A 2e Parent’s Trauma: The Calls From School

By |2019-02-21T21:36:38-04:00February 16th, 2019|Advocacy, Parent Community, Parenting|

Hi folks, I hope everyone has survived another week in the 2e trenches. I have been talking to a lot of parents lately about how things are going for their kids at school and one mom said something that really summed things up for me. She said “Most parents drop their kid off at school [...]

The Loneliness of the 2e Parent

By |2019-02-01T19:34:13-04:00February 1st, 2019|2e Parent, Parent Community, Parenting, Self Care, Uncategorized|

I was speaking with another parent recently about the difficulty she is having with her twice exceptional 8 year-old. Most of the time he is a sweet, funny kid who likes to make up puns and is obsessed with Lego, Colonial American history and archeology. At the same time, he is prone to frequent meltdowns. [...]

The Pain of Ignored Feelings

By |2019-02-19T19:27:59-04:00January 25th, 2019|Parent Community, Self Care, Social/Emotional|

Hi Everyone, Now that we are solidly in the throes of winter, I have been feeling shut down - its cold, I have not been getting enough sleep, and I just want to crawl under the blankets, eat chocolate and watch TV. One of the reasons I have not been sleeping well is because my back has been bothering [...]

Fwd: TECA Insights: Recommended Articles for Families of 2e Kids | Vol. 75

By |2019-01-07T15:10:12-04:00December 21st, 2018|TECA Insights|

    TECA Insights | Vol. 75 | December 21, 2018   View this email in your browser       Hey folks, Wow, 2018 is about to come to an end. It’s hard to believe  his crazy year is almost over. We just have to get through Christmas first!   In our household, we celebrate [...]