cerebral palsy


Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders- usually caused by problems with brain development or by a brain injury- that impair the ability to move and maintain balance and posture. Although cerebral palsy often is identified at birth, anyone can receive services via SCLARC as long as the diagnosis occurs before age 18.

1 in 323 children have cerebral palsy, according to the CDC (2008).


The signs of cerebral palsy vary greatly (due to different types and levels of disability), but the primary sign is a delay reaching motor or movement milestones. If you see any of the signs described below, please call your pediatrician or primary care provider. You can also contact us to learn more and to discover how you can use SCLARC resources.

  • Children over two months old
    • Difficulty controlling head when picked up
    • Stiff legs that cross or “scissor” position when picked up
  • Children over six months old
    • Continued difficulty controlling head when picked up
    • Reaching with only one hand while keeping the other hand in a fist
  • Children over 10 months old
    • Crawling by pushing off with one hand and leg while dragging the opposite hand and leg
    • Not sitting by himself or herself
  • Children over 12 months old
    • Not crawling
    • Not able to stand with support
  • Children over 24 months old
    • Not walking
    • Not able to push a toy with wheels

The South Central Los Angeles Regional Center for Persons with Developmental Disabilities, Inc. (SCLARC) is a private, non-profit, community-based organization. SCLARC, which contracts with the State Department of Developmental Services, coordinates services with local community service providers for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.