Nicole Dargue

Psychologist BPsych (Hons), Master of Research (Psychology)

Nicole is a Registered Psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society working towards endorsement as a Clinical Neuropsychologist. She has recently submitted her PhD, which she completed at Macquarie University alongside a Master of Clinical Neuropsychology. Nicole’s research focused on the beneficial effects of observing hand gestures on comprehension in children and adults, including children with autism spectrum disorder. She has published four peer-reviewed articles and presented her research at three international conferences.

Nicole is passionate about working with individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders (including ASD) and their families. She believes that working with children and their families to set and meet goals as well as enhance day to day functioning is a vital (and rewarding) component of treatment. During her Masters, Nicole received training and experience in two private clinics and two major children’s hospitals across Sydney and the Gold Coast. Throughout her training, she worked with individuals with a variety of conditions, including autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, specific learning disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, foetal alcohol spectrum disorder, anxiety disorders, and depression. She has been trained in the neuropsychological assessment of these conditions for diagnostic and monitoring purposes. Nicole is also able to conduct neuropsychological assessments to gain a thorough understanding of where a child’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses lie and provide tailored strategies and recommendations to be used both at home and school to help children to reach their potential.

Nicole can assist with:

  • Neuropsychological assessment/diagnostic assessment of:
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder (Including ADOS-2)
    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
    • Specific Learning Disorder
    • Intellectual Disability
    • Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
    • Other neurodevelopmental/acquired disorders (e.g., hydrocephalus, multiple sclerosis etc)
    • Anxiety and depression
  • Neuropsychological review (i.e., following prior assessment)
  • Psychoeducation and coping strategies
  • Strategies to implement at home and school (e.g., to assist with behaviour and learning)
  • Goal setting and planning
  • Assisting with challenging behaviours
  • Understanding and managing emotions
  • Social skills development

What is a Neuropsychological Assessment?

A neuropsychological assessment looks at how our brain functions. The assessment involves using lots of different tests of cognitive function (e.g., intellectual ability, academic skills, attention, memory, problem solving, planning and organisation, speed of processing, emotional and behavioural functioning, adaptive functioning etc) to understand where an individual’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses lie. This information can help answer lots of important questions (e.g., does my child have an intellectual disability? Is it ADHD or Autism Spectrum Disorder?) and assist in providing tailored strategies and recommendations to support day to day functioning (e.g., at home and school). All neuropsychological assessments are individually tailored to the individual’s needs and include an interview, cognitive testing, feedback session, and comprehensive report.