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Support for Families

We understand what it is like to live with a child with autism or communication difficulties. We are specialists in early intervention, tailored to the individual child and working closely with you

supporting families

We specialise in support for children aged 2 to 11 years providing a clear and structured focus on key aspects of communication, behaviour, and emotional development, in response to your assessed needs. Our multidisciplinary team enables us to provide an integrated programme of intervention and support specific to you and your child through Specialist Teachers, Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists. We also provide discrete, tailored packages of support for individual therapies.

Specialist nursery

Our expertise is built on evidence-based research and practice, delivered from our specialist nursery in north Buckinghamshire since 2001, achieving successive “Outstanding” Ofsted ratings.

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Support in your home or at your child's school

Scroll down to find out more about Autism Early Support‘s  assessment and support services within home and other settings across the UK

How we can help you & your child

You may have recently received a diagnosis of autism or another communication difficulty for your child and be wondering where to turn; you may be concerned about your child’s speech and language development; or you may be struggling to cope with your child’s lack of communication skills or ability to deal with certain situations or environments. We are here to help.

Our skilled team of teachers and therapists have years of experience of working with families who have children with developmental difficulties in the pre-school and primary school years. We can help you to understand and support your child to achieve his/her potential.

THE SUPPORT WE OFFER

We can offer a bespoke tailored package of support or one-off assessments and reports. We work with children aged 2 to 11 years (end of primary school). Here are some of the ways we can help:

  • Speech and Language Therapy assessments, reports and support

  • Occupational Therapy assessments, reports and support

  • Educational Assessments, using the SCERTS* Educational Model

  • PACT (Pre-school Autism Communication Therapy) sessions

  • Ongoing Support Packages at home or school

*SCERTS = Social Communication, Emotional Regulation, Transactional Supports. For more information on this approach visit www.scerts.com.

Our multidisciplinary team consists of Speech and Language and Occupational Therapists, Specialist Teachers and Learning Assistants who work together to provide tailored support for you and your child. All members of our team have years of experience of autism and communication difficulties, as well as specialist knowledge, skills and qualifications.

Please contact us to find out more about what we can do to support you and your child

Working with you

Our approach is based upon working in very close partnership with our parents and carers.

In addition to the Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Educational Plans that we provide as part of our support for families, we also provide regular training workshops for parents and carers.

Our training workshops help you to understand your child’s needs better, and give you practical strategies to support him/her at home.

Child developing confidence in interaction and play

The difference we make

We work with families directly, and also with professionals involved with your child in nursery and school settings.  We are privileged to receive frequent endorsements from families and professionals who are engaged both with our Autism Early Support services (formerly known as Puzzle Centre’s Outreach services) and with our specialist nursery.

Our Autism Early Support services (the new name for Puzzle Centre’s Outreach services) are based on the same, proven approaches of our specialist nursery which has received successive “outstanding” ratings from Ofsted.

Our approach

Puzzle Centre has been providing high quality early intervention for young children with autism since 2001. We use a holistic approach which draws upon evidence-based good practice in autism and special education.

We use tried and tested good practice in the field of autism education and research to design a programme of support for you and your child. We are able to draw upon a range of teaching and therapy techniques such as the HANEN More Than Words programme, Attention Autism, the TEACCH approach, PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) and Intensive Interaction. We have embedded the SCERTS* Educational Model in all of our practice; this allows us to design an individualised programme of support which targets communication and interaction, emotional, behavioural and environmental challenges – these have been found (in research) to be correlated with the most positive longer term outcomes.