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Jaclyn Jeffrey-Wilensky

Data Reporter

Jaclyn Jeffrey-Wilensky analyzes data and writes data-driven news stories for Spectrum.

Prior to joining the Spectrum team, she covered health, science and general news for the Daily Beast, NBC News MACH, Gothamist and other publications. She has an M.A. from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York, where she studied data journalism and health and science reporting.

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May 2021
Baby in mother's lap watching her mouth move as she talks.

Infant siblings of autistic children miss language-learning clues

by  /  6 May 2021

So-called ‘baby sibs’ watch adults’ faces just as much as children without autistic siblings do, but they don’t understand spoken language as well.

Woman is holding her fingers to her forehead in pain.

Pain keeps autistic women and girls home from work, school

by  /  4 May 2021

More autistic women and girls report daily pain than do men and boys with the condition.

April 2021
illustration in bright aqua blue and red shows a reseacher's had reaching for a slice of 'data-pizza", a pie chart made to look like a pizza.

By the Numbers: Journal submissions, gender gaps, ABA access

by ,  /  29 April 2021

See autism research results distilled into simple visualizations, along with eye-opening statistics and datasets.

A child's hand points to a location on a hand drawn map of the United States in different crayon colors.

Many U.S. counties lack autism therapists

by  /  20 April 2021

Applied behavior analysis is the most widely used therapy for autistic children in the United States, but some regions lack the staff needed to provide it.

March 2021
diverse classroom of middle school students during a lesson.

Massive U.K. study finds racial and ethnic disparities in autism diagnoses

by ,  /  29 March 2021

About 1.8 percent of schoolchildren in England are autistic, and the prevalence is highest among Black children, at about 2.1 percent.

an empty conference room paneled in light colored wood, with 7 empty chairs and a conference phone.

Advocates, agencies weather COVID-19 without federal autism committee

by  /  16 March 2021

Autism research and advocacy are continuing without input from the U.S. Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, but former members say the government needs the committee’s guidance now more than ever.

February 2021
Female teen in an institutional setting, blue light by widows, blinds drawn.

Emotional challenges predict hospital stays in autistic children

by  /  24 February 2021

Autistic children who have difficulty managing their emotions are also likely to take medication and need assistance from emergency responders.

January 2021
Pills spilling out of falling prescription bottle.

Spectrum reporting prompts new review of common drug

by  /  29 January 2021

Aripiprazole, an antipsychotic medication marketed as Abilify, eases aggressive behavior in autistic children, but questions remain about its side effects.

Brain pattern with people gathering

Highlights, missed opportunities: SfN by the tweets

by  /  15 January 2021

Participants video chatted and tweeted their way through the Society for Neuroscience’s three-day virtual conference this week.

Boy sleeping in low light

Brain-wave patterns flag sleep differences in dup15q syndrome

by  /  13 January 2021

Children with dup15q syndrome may have telltale patterns of brain activity during sleep and get less non-REM sleep than neurotypical children do.