Jay Barham, a 14-year-old with a brain and nervous system disorder called Periventricular leukomalacia, is building a zen garden at Belville Elementary School in Leland, N.C., for students with sensory disorders and autism. The garden will be designed to offer soothing elements as well as features, such as sand, to help students overcome aversions. "There are a lot of kids in schools who are exceptional, and people have no idea," Barham said. "I want to help make them see it so they don't look at them differently."

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