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We Know from Personal Experience that Neurological Conditions Are Complex

Rest Assured, You're in Good Hands

Navigating the complexities of neurological conditions can feel overwhelming, but you're not alone on this journey. Puzzle Tree Academy is here to guide you every step of the way. We understand the challenges you face because we've been there ourselves, and we're committed to providing the support and resources you need.

With a team of experienced professionals and a holistic approach to wellness, we offer personalized help. Whether you need education, therapy, or community connections, we're committed to helping you. Know that you've found a caring partner in Puzzle Tree Academy. Together, we'll confidently find the way forward.

Puzzle Tree Academy is an educational support and therapy centre.

It serves as a hub for young people and families with children on the autism spectrum, providing a space for learning and developing personal and life skills.

Our understanding of neurodiversity, both from personal experience and working with numerous families, is that it is a spectrum of conditions requiring a holistic approach.

We strive to provide practical solutions, inspiration, education, and shared stories to the neurodiverse community.

Our focus is on facilitating personal, academic, and social development for unconventional and "puzzling" minds.

Our goal is to create a genuinely neurodiverse, inclusive & inspiring alternative education platform in the UK & Europe.

What Sets Us Apart

Our Holistic Approach

At Puzzle Tree Academy, we provide a holistic approach. We look at each person's lifestyle and make sure the basics are strong before moving on. We also make sure new skills stick and, if needed, we refer to other experts.

Unlike others who only look at specific autism issues, we adopt a Nourishing Personal Growth Philosophy. Our approach includes a range of services like mentoring, advocacy, education, and resources. We offer extensive support, from education to assistance at home.

We prioritize manageable and sustainable solutions. We know that young people with development delays need a solid base to build other skills in a lasting way.

Autism Experts Who Will Support You Every Step of the Way

FOUNDER, Olga Pavlova

Autism Mama, Educator & Coach

I'm Olga Pavlova, a mom of four amazing kids. One of my children is on the Autism Spectrum (previously nonverbal, with a global developmental delay, coordination issues, and irregular sleep patterns), and another has ADHD. Raising unique children led me to dedicate my life to supporting families like ours. With over 16 years of hands-on experience and a deep understanding of the challenges we face, I'm here to be your guide and friend.

Dr Irina Schurov

Nutritional Neuroscientist, Therapist & Autism Coach

I'm Dr. Irina Schurov, a Nutritional Neuroscientist and Autism Coach,
committed to enhancing family health and wellbeing through proven strategies. With a PhD from Cambridge University and over two decades of experience, I assist your child with special needs by examining how their diet affects brain health. I provide personal coaching and utilize the latest research to make your family stronger and healthier. Let's work together to improve the health of the mind, body, and spirit, paving the way for a future full of opportunity and joy.

Other Locally or Online Based Contracted Specialists

We carefully select specialized educators, dance and art teachers with additional therapeutic qualifications, occupational therapists, and other trained professionals.

All our experts have a minimum of three years of experience in the field of neurodiversity and have been tested and approved by parents.

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Other Locally or Online Based Contracted Specialists

We carefully select specialised educators, neurodiversity specialists who focus on sleep, movement, gut health and nutrition, as well as experts in neuroscience, speech and occupational therapy, alongside dedicated mentors, coaches, and other trained professionals.

All our experts have a minimum of three years of professional experience in the field of neurodiversity, and many also have personal experience of neurodiversity. Most importantly, they have been thoroughly vetted and approved by parents.

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I was once asked what inspired me to start this business.

People say necessity breeds invention & so it was for me!

Olga Pavlova, Puzzle Tree Academy Founder.

I am a mother to four daughters. One of them has ADHD, and another has autism. My daughter's autism was highly advanced and complex to manage. When her symptoms began to manifest, they completely took over my life. I became a single mother with four kids, and I knew I had to figure out a way to support my child's unique needs, look after my other children, and survive.

I began to delve deeply into how I could help myself and what I could do with what I had. So, I trained in special education, autism, speech delay, and other modalities. I also attended a coaching academy to become a coach for teenagers and families dealing with autism.

I soon realized that the services and resources available to parents and young people with autism are often disjointed and fragmented, with specialists in every area but nowhere to go for more integrated and holistic support.

Many parents, including single ones (as raising a child with autism can strain relationships), handle the weight of research, appointments, and travel alone. Add to that the financial demands of specialist treatments and services, which leave parents feeling isolated and overwhelmed.

I wanted to make a difference, to ease the unique yet wonderfully rewarding challenge of caring for a child on the spectrum for parents.

In partnership with nutritional neuroscientist Dr. Irina Schurov, a specialist in neurodiversity, we established a support group for parents of young people with autism. We outlined various phases to assist our families, acknowledging that the process can be physically, emotionally, and financially demanding.

One problem we noted was that while specialists often focus on how to 'solve' a specific issue, they don't always consider the root cause of these challenges or the effects on the child's home life.

This approach is problematic because these narrow techniques won't work if there's toxicity, instability, or unhealthy habits at home. As a result, the child's progress could be slow or stop altogether. If things at home aren't stable, the child might start to struggle again, and their skills could suffer.

How We Can Help

Take an assessment

Help your child grow with our detailed assessments: from identifying specific developmental needs to restoring biochemical balance we give you a personal plan for visible results.

Enroll in a Course

Transform your neurodiversity parenting journey with our expert-led NeuroNurturing courses, tailored to empower you with practical tools and insights for lasting change.

Join the community

Join a nurturing space for understanding, guidance, and solidarity, with a network of like-minded parents and experts dedicated to empowering neurodiverse families.

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