Education, support and research for early years autism


Puzzle Centre

The Puzzle Centre is a charity that promotes and delivers early intervention for young children with autism or communication difficulties and provides training and outreach to families and practitioners throughout the UK.

We believe that every child with autism or other communication difficulties should have access to prompt, appropriate and high quality education, therapy and support.

Our mission is to provide high quality education and therapy for young children with autism or other communication difficulties; to ensure that families receive expert advice and support and to lead the development of best practice early intervention.

We can support you and your children via one or more of our services.

Our Services

Specialist early intervention nursery

Buckinghamshire (from ages 2-5 years)

PASS – Puzzle Assessment and Support Service

For families across the UK (from birth to 11 years) helping them in the home through SCERTS, Speech & Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy.

Click here for the Puzzle Assessment and Support (PASS) Leaflet


For parents and professionals throughout the UK

Click here for our Training Leaflet


Puzzle are hosting a two day SCERTS training course delivered by one of the SCERTS model co-authors, Emily Rubin.  For more information CLICK HERE

When: 15th and 16th October 2019

Where: Milton Keynes (accessible from London and the North)

What: The SCERTS model is a research based educational model and multidisciplinary framework that directly addresses the core challenges faced by children with autism and their families.

Fees: £250 for 2 days, 10% discount for 3 or more delegates,


How to book: CLICK HERE

SCERTS focuses on building competence in Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Supports and is applicable across a wide range of age ranges, abilities and settings.

Training in the SCERTS model offers a huge range of opportunities to strengthen your practice and support the development of children with autism.



Puzzle Centre is delighted to share this film which illustrates the positive impact of our support for children and families.  

Information about Puzzle Centre can be found on the Buckinghamshire Family Information Service – Local Offer

Early Intervention

The term Early Intervention is used to refer to a wide range of different approaches and programmes which aim to foster and enhance development in very young children.

At Puzzle we use an innovative educational model for working with children with autism and their families called SCERTS. It targets the most significant challenges faced by children with autism and their families and is accomplished through family-professional partnerships and family-centred care.  The SCERTS Model collaborators: Barry Prizant, Amy Wetherby, Emily Rubin, and Amy Laurent, have training in Speech-Language Pathology, Special Education, Behavioural and Developmental Psychology, Occupational Therapy and Family-Centred Practice.

You can view Emily Rubin giving a brief introduction to SCERTS here.

Read SCERTS Collaborator Barry Prizant’s, Is ABA The Only Way  from Autism Spectrum Quarterly.

For further information about the SCERTS model click here.


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Puzzle Centre are delighted to be hosting this 2 day event delivered by Emily Rubin.  BOOK NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT. 15th and 16th October 2019 – Ridgeway Centre Milton Keynes.  Bookings for 3 or more delegates 10%discount – Use discount code GRPSCERTS when booking BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE – GROUP DISCOUNT BOOKINGS AVAILABLE For more detailed course information – CLICK HERE

Parent Support Groups – By invitation only

Puzzle Centre are running parent support group for those families with a child on our nursery waiting list. You are welcome to attend one or more of our group activities if you are waiting for a place in our specialist setting Aim: The focus of these groups will be to introduce you and your child to some of the specialist input provided by Puzzle Centre and to give you opportunities to meet other families. Click here  for more information

Puzzle delivers Early Years Autism Training

Puzzle Centre delivers Early Years Autism Training across South East via AET Training Hub The Puzzle Centre in partnership with the Buckinghamshire Learning Trust and Oxfordshire County Council  has been awarded the contract by the Autism Education Trust to be the South East Region Early Years Training Hub. The training hub is now delivering a 3-tier programme for early years practitioners across the whole of the South East region of England. The three tiers of training available are: Tier 1. Making sense of autism – for all early years practitioners Tier 2. Good autism practice – for practitioners working directly
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Puzzle Centre joins the Vale Lottery – tickets cost £1!

We are delighted to say we have joined the Vale Lottery. Vale Lottery is a weekly lottery that directly supports good causes which benefit the Aylesbury Vale community and all supporters get the chance to win prizes of up to £20,000! Puzzle Centre would love it if you would think about getting involved. To find out how to play and ensure your ticket directly supports Puzzle Centre please  click here .

BBC Children in Need 3 Year Grant Awarded to Puzzle Centre

We are delighted to announce we are now being supported by BBC Children in Need. The grant will be used to provide more specialist teaching and therapy to the very young children with autism or communication difficulties we support, to increase their communication and social skills, and emotional well-being.  Click here for full details.