SUGAR Language


LSA tools to quickly identify intervention targets.



SUGAR 01: Intro to SUGAR

SUGAR 02: Basis for SUGAR

SUGAR 03: Collecting a Sample

SUGAR 04: Transcribing a Language Sample

SUGAR 05: Steps in a Quick Analysis


SUGAR 07: Sub-Analysis Background

SUGAR 07: Sub Analysis

SUGAR 08: Help with Intervention





Below you’ll find material helpful in language sample analysis (LSA). The “SUGAR Procedures” handout outlines the general process explained in the videos teaching modules. LSA requires decision-making and the “LSA FAQs” should help with some of these. The “New Norms” will aid you in making a determination about whether or not a child’s language is impaired. Finally, the descriptions of noun phrase and verb phrases found in “NPs & VPs” will be helpful in completing your sub-analysis to identify potential intervention targets.

Sub-Analysis Forms

At each age children’s utterances contain elements common to that age. The forms below can be used with a child’s chronological or developmental age to help you readily identify elements that are present. If some of the terminology is new, see the “NPs & VPs” handout in the “Handouts” section and review the “SUGAR 07: Sub Analysis Background” module. A completed sub-analysis can help you identify potential intervention targets.


Below you’ll find resource materials for intervention. These are not programs or recommended methods but are meant to aid you by providing myriad resources and techniques for intervention. We’ve taken the time to research available resources and to offer them for you to consider.

Practice Samples

After you’re familiar with the SUGAR methodology, try your hand with a few practice language samples. When you’re finished, check the “Decision” file to see how we would have done it. We’ll add new samples and more complex analysis as we go.