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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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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Introduction to Sensory Processing – Workshop

Friday 11th November 9.30 am -1.00pm – Aylesbury  £35.00  (Parent discount available) This workshop is suitable for SENDCO’s, Teachers, early years educators, learning support assistants, Healthcare professionals new to paediatrics and those interested in finding out more about the impact of sensory processing on participation, learning and behavior. This course will help you to understand why and how sensory processing differences affect a child’s participation, learning and behaviour. You will be given an overview of sensory processing theory and behavioural indicators which may suggest sensory processing differences as well as strategies to support children with these differences. Course Outline: To
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Puzzle Centre Scooterthon

On Sunday 18th September 2016, Puzzle Centre will be holding its very first Scooterhon at Willen Lake in Milton Keynes and we’d love for you to join us. We want as many little legs as possible to Push along for Puzzle and help us raise much-needed funds to support our work with children who have autism and other communication difficulties. Please click here for a  Scooterthon 2016 Entry Form If you’d like to take part, please complete and return the bottom half of the form along with your registration fee to Anna Saunders at our office in Winslow.

Puzzle Centre- Latest Newsletter

We hope you enjoy reading our latest Newsletter- which highlights lots of information from the last 9 months at Puzzle.           Puzzle Pieces Summer 2016