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

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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We are looking to recruit a specialist teacher for 2.5 days a week, for a period of maternity cover.  The anticipated start date for this will be May 2018. If you wish to find out further information or apply, please follow the link below. Our Team

BOOK NOW – National Conference 31st October 2017- Milton Keynes

If you work with young children with autism and their families don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to hear the latest on early intervention and support from leading researchers and practitioners. Click here  for more information To book your place go to :  betterbeginningstickets Parent rate only £60 For group bookings of 3 or more – BBGROUP2017

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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Friday 3rd February 2017 – Clare Foundation, Saunderton. £85 or £75 earlybird offer (bookings made before 31st October 2016) If you are looking for a practical framework to provide structures that will help a child with autism in your care, either in a school setting or at home, this course is for you. The Puzzle Team can demonstrate how you too can successfully integrate the SCERTS model to provide a programme for supporting children and their families that focuses on meaningful progress within everyday routines at home, school and the community. Click here for more information. Go to our online booking system
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