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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
We have used Puzzle Centre’s Outreach service for over two years. In that time, the Outreach team has provided much needed specialist support to not only our little boy, but also to us and to [his] mainstream nursery setting. The team has taken the time to really try to understand [our son] as an individual and have always been very proactive in its ongoing assessment of his needs, constantly adapting and tailoring their approach to meet those needs in both a sympathetic and empathetic way. When we first started working with Puzzle Centre, [our son] was very much cocooned in his own little world but, thanks to the team’s input, we have found new ways to engage with [him], who is now far more keen and better able to engage with the world around him. One of our biggest concerns was that [he] should be able to develop social interaction skills and be able to build relationships and make friends. We now have much more confidence that [he] has what it takes to do this and the result is an overall happier child.
The work and care [Puzzle Centre’s Outreach] professionals have provided for our daughter has positively transformed the way in which [she] interacts and copes with the world around her. I shudder to think where we would be without the help from Puzzle Centre. Our experience has been one of complete confidence in the skills these professionals provide. With the support from Puzzle Centre’s Outreach service… [our daughter] was able to join a mainstream nursery at the age of 3. She is a happy and thriving girl at her new setting and this has all been achieved with the combination of the care and skills provided from Puzzle Centre’s programme.
There aren’t any words good enough to describe how grateful we have been for your support and kindness towards our son. It is through you that he has had a stepping stone to improve on his life and the challenges to come.
Thank you for all the teaching and care you gave to [our son] whilst he has been with you, especially to those who worked so closely with him. None of us know what the future holds, but it is thanks to you that he has the best start to his journey that we could ask for.
The quality of teaching is inspirational and, therefore, children make excellent progress in their learning and development, given their stating points. They are extremely well prepared for moving on to the next stage of their education.
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.
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.