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Our team of Specialist Teachers, Speech and Language and Occupational Therapists are experienced in delivering training to practitioners who work with children across Early Years and within Primary schools.  We support specialist and mainstream settings, as well as NHS community-based services.

Our core training courses are listed below; we are also able to provide training tailored to your school or organisation’s needs.  Please contact us to discuss your training needs around communication difficulties and autism, or click on a link to book on a course.

Please contact us if a course you are interested in is not currently listed for booking.

Current courses

Autism Education Trust (AET) Early Years Training

How to meet the needs of children with autism in your setting – a national three tiered training programme (developed in partnership with Puzzle Centre).

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Book Course below for Good Autism Practice 1 day course – 6th November 2019

Other training available – Contact us for more info

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Using the SCERTS Educational Model in Your Practice

Course date TBC.                  How to get started using the SCERTS model within your nursery, school or service – based on Puzzle Centre’s experience of embedding SCERTS in our practice since 2010.

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Introduction to Sensory Processing

Course date TBC.           How to identify behaviour which may indicate sensory processing difficulties; how these difficulties may affect a child’s learning, participation, and behaviour; and ways you can support the child.

You will be given an overview of sensory processing theory and behavioural indicators which may suggest sensory processing differences.

This course will be delivered by our Occupational Therapist who is an advanced practitioner in Ayres Sensory Integration.


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Introduction to PECS

12/11/2019 10:00-12:00

By the end of this course you will:

  • Understand more about different ways to support language and communication development
  • Understand what the Picture Exchange Communication System is
  • Be able to teach your child Phases one – three of PECS
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Understanding Behaviour

16/11/2019 09:30-13:00

Behaviour management principles and practice.

How to understand the reasons for your child’s behaviour and how to respond to inappropriate or challenging behaviours.

Practical strategies to take away.

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Open Day

14/01/2020 09:30-12:00

Visit Puzzle Centre and see our facilities and observe the nursery in session.

Your visit will consist of:

  • A tour of the centre facilities
  • An introduction to the work of the charity
  • Observations of our Nursery in session (including group times, individual work sessions, choose and snack)
  • A Question and Answer session with a member of the Senior Team
  • An opportunity to look at our resources
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Using Visual Supports in Home and School Settings

07/03/2020 09:30-12:30

The theory and practice of using visual supports: how visual supports can help a child’s understanding and development, plus lots of practical ideas to take with you.

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Communication and Play

16/05/2020 09:30-12:00

How to connect and communicate with a child, and how having fun playing with him/her helps communication to develop.


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Let's Talk about Feeding

20/06/2020 09:30-13:00

How to identify the factors underlying feeding difficulties, and strategies to help your child.


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Latest News

Founder and CEO of Bucks Autism Charity Awarded MBE for Services to Young People with Autism

Puzzle Centre is delighted to announce that today, Saturday 8th June 2019, Alexandra Stanyer, Founder and CEO of Puzzle Centre Trust, […]

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