is my 9 year old autistic?
My 9 year old son Brady, has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He does stemming all the time. I didn't even know what that was called until two days ago. He is the model child at school, no problems, good grades. But he is destructive, angry, abusive at home. He is fine, unless he gets his own way. He would love to play on the DS for hours if I let him. He has to have a certain toy at all times when he is home. He has it when he is stemming. If he doesn't have the toy, or if something happens(lost), he flips out. His speech was delayed when he was a baby. He didn't talk until 2 1/2 years old or later. He is violent if he misses his pokemon cartoon. He can't stand change. He doesn't like to be dirty. His chair at the table has to be free of crumbs, as well as his chair in the van. He doesn't like the feel of some fabrics, like jean material. Last year he wrote chapter books, with 20-30 pages about pokemon and starwars. His IQ was tested and it was 116. He complained of screaming voices in his head when he was 3 or 4. He couldn't understand what the voices were telling him. He always hits, kicks, screams when he is angry or doesn't get his way. We have four children younger than Brady. They are very much affected by his behavior. Two children are stuttering, one is showing signs of depression, and our baby just screams when he is around. Our phsychologist wants to put him in a group home, but we(my husband and I) don't think this is the right approach. Is there any medication he could be on?