Using the computer with a young child on your
lap may require some adjustments to maximize comfort and
- What is the best position for your child
to see what’s happening on the computer screen?
Try to have your child’s eyes even with the middle
or top half of the screen, about 10-15 inches away from
her face. A monitor can sit right on a table or desk;
it doesn't have to be on top of the computer- moving it
should bring it down to a better height.
- To make the size of the active area as
large as possible, go to the Display option in the Windows
Settings Control Panel, click on Settings and set the
display to 640 X 480 pixels with the number of colors
- If the child drools or puts his fingers
in his mouth, cover the keyboard with plastic wrap or
with a vinyl cover available at computer stores.
- Test out the volume of the software program.
Know where the computer’s volume control is. Programs
may need to be individually adjusted.
- Know how the program is activated.
Examine the software to find what your child must do to
control the program – any key on the keyboard? A
specific key(s)? A mouse click? Point and click? Hold