Education, support and research for early years autism


Puzzle Centre Charity

The Puzzle Centre charity promotes and delivers early intervention for 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.

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


Specialist early intervention nursery, Buckinghamshire (from ages 2-5 years)

PASS – Puzzle Assessment and Support Service to 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

Training for parents and professionals throughout the UK

Click here for our Training Leaflet


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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Current Vacancy – Learning Assistant(s)

We currently have a vacancy for Learning Assistant hours.  For more information  please go to www.puzzlecentre.org.uk/about-us/our-team

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.

BBC comes to Puzzle Centre

In June, 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!