Madison was born with Congenital Toxoplasmosis, it has severely affected her nervous system causing her to be non-verbal as well as non-ambulatory.
When Madison’s mom, Monica applied for a wish, she already had a well thought out idea. Monica had extensively researched ways to stimulate Madison’s moods. “She is usually a happy child, she giggles and claps most of the time, but when she is not feeling well, she just goes into a depressed zone. I knew Make-A-Wish granted a lot of trips, but I did not think a trip would benefit Madison. She tends to get over-stimulated by loud noises and flashing lights. I felt that best choice for Madison, was a sensory room.”
In June, Madison’s wish was granted. The Junior Auxiliary of Vicksburg along with Make-A-Wish, worked together to provide Madison with a room filled with items that would stimulate her senses. It is bright with splashes of color, mirrors, a fish lamp, a bounce seat, and a lounge chair streamed with sensory lights that face a projector screen. Soothing music can be heard coming out of the speakers along with aromatherapy scent that has a calming effect. “Thank you Make-A-Wish for the sensory room, we now have an alternative way to calm Madison down. When she is depressed, we can take her into her room and lighten her mood. This room is a powerful tool in setting Madison’s moods,” – Monica.