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Nickola Wolf Nelson, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL


Western Michigan University, Professor Emerita


Kalamazoo, MI

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Nickola Wolf Nelson, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL

Nickola Wolf Nelson, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, is Professor Emerita in the Department of Language, Speech, and Hearing Sciences at Western Michigan University, where she previously served as Director of the PhD program in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Health and Human Services. Nelson is a Board Certified Specialist in Child Language (BCS-CL). She continues to conduct research and provide consultation and presentations on language/literacy development and disorders among school-age students, emphasizing an interprofessional, curriculum-relevant perspective on assessment and intervention. Nelson is first author of the Test of Integrated Language and Literacy Skills (TILLS) and the Student Language Scale (SLS). She is past Editor of the journal, Topics in Language Disorders. Nelson has been awarded Fellowship in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities, as well as the Kleffner Clinical Career Award from the ASHFoundation and the Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Nicki now lives in Wichita, Kansas, with her husband, Steve Nave.

Areas of Emphasis:

  • Developmental Language Disorder
  • Language/Learning Disabilities
  • Literacy: Reading/Dyslexia
  • Literacy: Writing/Spelling

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Ages of Emphasis:

  • Early Elementary (Kindergarten to Grade 6)
  • Middle School/High School (Grades 7–12)
  • Young Adult (Ages 17–22)