Tom Dalton is a native South Floridian and has lived most of his life in “hurricane country.” He is a singer/songwriter and guitarist and has performed his songs from Florida to California. Tom is also a board certified music therapist and a mental health counselor and has used music to help people of all ages.
For years Tom has used his songwriting skills to help people through the music therapy process. He has worked extensively with children, adolescents and adults with a variety of needs using the power of music to help transform their lives. Tom has worked with people with developmental disabilities, Autism, Downs Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Alzheimer's Disease, cancer, traumatic brain injury, learning disabilities and mental illness. He also specializes in helping children and families who have experienced grief and loss in their lives from the death of a loved one. He currently works at Indian Ridge School in Palm Beach County as the music therapist and family counselor with students with severe emotional disturbances.
“Hurricane Songs For Kids” was written as a way of helping children to be better prepared for hurricanes both on a practical and an emotional level. The songs are both educational and therapeutic and deal with a variety of concerns that children have about the storms. Some songs deal with fears that children have about hurricanes while others provide important safety information and hurricane facts that kids need to know. The songs offer information, emotional support, reassurance and comforting to children before, during and after the storms
About the Songs
“I Know About Hurricanes”- This rap provides important hurricane facts and safety information for children and teens.
“What A Hurricane Sounds Like”- This bluegrass styled song deals with the fear children have regarding the intense storm sounds of wind, rain, thunder, etc.. This interactive song allows children to recreate hurricane sounds one-by-one as a way of de-sensitizing them to the storm sounds.
“My Little Flashlight”- This acoustic ballad addresses another fear children have of the power going out during a hurricane and having it become dark. The song offers reassurance and discusses how children can have their own “little flashlight.” The song also lets kids know that their parents will turn lanterns on and a generator (if they have one) so that there is light in the house during the storm.
“My Hurricane Kit”- In an up-tempo country style, this song offers the idea that children can put together their own hurricane kit of comforting items such as their favorite toys, games, stuffed animals, etc… right along side of their parents family hurricane supply kit.
“I’ve Got Plans for the Hurricane”- In a fun reggae style, this song encourages kids to plan activities that they can do during the hurricane that do not require electricity. It allows them to prepare for the storm and how they will occupy their time without television and being able to go outside.
“No More Hurricanes”- This rap offers an emotional expression for the frustration that children and teens feel regarding having to go through hurricanes each year.
“Sometimes I Get So Scared”- In a laid back country groove, this song lets kids know that it’s ok to be scared about hurricanes and at the same time re-assures them that their parents will make sure they will be safe during the storm.
“Hurricane Party”- This up-tempo dance song offers the idea of having an “after the hurricane party” for the family and neighborhood. The hurricane party gives the family something to look forward to following the intense experience.
“Hurricane Lullaby”- This lullaby lets kids know that they can sleep during a hurricane and it reframes the storm wind, rain and thunder into a “relaxing and soothing” sound for children.