Education, support and research for early years autism


Puzzle Centre Charity

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

Our mission is to ensure that every preschool aged child with autism, or similar communication needs, is offered prompt, appropriate and high quality education, therapy and support.

In addition to our Specialist Nursery in Buckinghamshire we offer an Outreach Support Service to families across the UK, when attending the nursery is not possible.



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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Learning Assistant Vacancy

Puzzle Centre  is seeking a dedicated learning assistant to join our highy specialised team. Is this you?  Click here for more information on how to apply for this role http://www.puzzlecentre.org.uk/our-nursery/our-team/

BBC comes to Puzzle Centre

Earlier this month, BBC South Today came to film at our specialist early intervention centre to see our work and meet some of our families. Puzzle’s own women’s cycling team, The Puzzle5Etape were there too to highlight the importance of autism awareness and the need to raise money to extend the services we provide.  Enjoy the film!

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 with children with autism. Tier 3. Leading good autism practice – for leaders and
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How Puzzle implements SCERTS : An educational model to assess, plan for & support children with autism and their families Friday 4th March 2016, 9.30 – 4.00pm  – The Clare Foundation £75.00 per delegate To book click here