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Education, support and research for early years autism

About Us

Puzzle Centre is a small and innovative charity based in Middle Claydon, Buckingham. We aim to provide and promote on both a local and national level, best practice early years intervention for young children with communication and autism spectrum disorders.

We achieve this by:

  • Providing specialised nursery education for children aged between 2 and 5 years with communication and autism spectrum disorders
  • Working closely with families to provide support,guidance and training
  • Providing Outreach to families where attending our nursery is not possible
  • Providing training across the UK for practitioners
  • Informing policy and research on the provision of high quality early intervention for for children

Current overview

Puzzle Centre has pioneered early intervention for pre-school children with significant difficulties in communicating and interacting with the world around them. The combined expertise of specialist teachers and therapists is used to deliver the Early Year’s curriculum with a strong focus on enabling communication and interaction. Puzzle Centre is used as an exemplar of good practice in autism education and received its third ‘ outstanding ‘ judgement from Ofsted in December 2013.

We are a national demonstration site for the SCERTS® Model, a research-based educational approach and multidisciplinary framework that directly addresses the core challenges faced by children with autism and related disabilities, and their families.

Knowledge about our model of working is disseminated through our training courses and presentations with around 200 practitioners trained every year. Our 2014 conference was attended by over 130 delegates from the UK who were working with over 2000 children in their early years with autism / communication needs. Click here to download SCERTS Collaborator Barry Prizant’s, Is ABA the Only Way? article from Autism Spectrum Quarterly.